Meschac Gaba


Tresses, edition of 25 (printed poster)

Museum shop, Bienal de Sao Paulo (2006)

Sweetness, Bienal de Sao Paulo (2006)

Couleurs Locales: Diplomatique (2008)

Couleurs Locales: Du mur a la toile (2008)

Diamants Indigenes (2008)

Benin, 1961

RECENT SHOW: Traces, 2008

Benin artist Meschac Gaba pinpoints manufactured cultural hybridization, as one of the signs of capitalism run macroeconomics. Therefore, Gaba’s artworks correlate cultural forms to economics’ standard exchange items, i.e. money, industry – manufacture, trade, labour work; manifesting with irony and charm these trade-offs (between exchange of goods and human values) through the notions of cultural alteration, creolization of cultures. Behind though, his works express a sensitive support for human life, richness and local creation. Meschac Gaba’s large scale project called Museum of Contemporary African Art, which is currently presented at the Kunsthalle of Kassel, is the most representative and achieved vision of the artist in this matter (see the book Library of the Museum vol. 1, publ by Artimo Foundation, 2001). Meschac Gaba has been exhibited throughout international platforms and exhibitions, like at the Tate Gallery in London, the Witte de With in Rotterdam in 2008, the Sao Paulo Biennale in 2006, the Center Pompidou in Paris in 2005, the Venice Biennale in 2003.