Meschac Gaba

Museum of Contemporary African Art

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Meschac Gaba
Museum of Contemporary African Art

Text(s) by Okwui Enwezor, Kerryn Greenberg, Achille Mbembe, Rutger Pontzen, ed. Kerryn Greenberg, graphic design by Hilde Knaur

German

2014. 144 pp., 349 ills.

hardcover

22.20 x 27.60 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-3818-7

Social critique paired with vibrant aesthetics: contemporary art from Africa

Installations, objects, and performances

Ekué Woekedje Meschac Gaba (* 1961 in Cotonou, Benin) addresses major socio-political questions— such as the contemporary effects of colonialism with­in a system of globalization—with surprising light­ness. A central motif in his work is the banknote. Ma­nipulated bills symbolize an abstract currency system that makes fanciful decisions regarding social exclu­sion and integration. Defying the arbitrary mecha­nisms of the market and the Eurocentric thinking of the international art world, the artist puts African art at center stage. His Museum of Contemporary African Art (1997–2002), for instance, is a laboratory where the collective effects of the market are not only made visible but can also be changed. Icons of western cul­ture enter into a creative dialogue with historical fig­ures from the African tradition.

Exhibition: Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin 20.9.–16.11.2014

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