Meschac Gaba


Social critique paired with vibrant aesthetics: contemporary art from Africa | Installations, objects, and performances

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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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Weight 300 g
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 1 November 2014
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Deutsche Bank, Text by Okwui Enwezor, Kerryn Greenberg, Achille Mbembe, and Rutger Pontzen
Dimensions N/A
Weight 300 g