a cura di Marco Scotini
On Wednesday 27 of April, after two years from his first italian solo exhibition, the african artist Meschac Gaba, come back in Artra Gallery with a new project. Le pain migrateur, title of the new exhibition, it’s a project made for the occasion but that comes from an important travelling collective exhibition “Afrika Remix” that was exhibited at the Dusseldorf’s Kunst Palast, at the Hayward Gallery in London and that will be exhibited the Centre George Pompidou in Paris and the Tokyo’s Mori Museum.
Meschac Gaba was born in Benin (Cotonou 1961). He lives and works in Amsterdam. Meschac Gaba is traditionally well-known for the participation to Documenta XI, and to the Fiftieth edition of the Biennial of Venice and for his solo exhibition in the biggest museum of the world and for the imposing project of the “Museum of contemporary African Art” that pledged it for six years, from 1997 to 2002.
Meschac Gaba puts in action across artistic practices a radical deconstruction of the concept of identity. The project of Meschac Gaba wants dismantle every stereotype of the historical-cultural identity. As Okwui Enwezor wrote about the “Museum of contemporary African Art”: His work is not an institutional critic but a reflection on the nature of the cultural appropriation.
All the work of Meschac Gaba is about the concept of the fiction that start from two different formal procedure of intervention: the first one is the deconstruction of the colonial stereotypes, the other requires the involvement and the participation of the public. At the moment Meschac Gaba is trying to trace the urban practices of global culture. For example the “Ginger Cocktail” made for the Biennal of Venice 2003 and the “Hairstyle” rasta for the Harlem Museum of New York.
In this occasion the baguette is at the center of the contemporary archaeology of Gaba: an archaeology of the exodus. The French baguette like the real pain migratuer, is able today in every region of the world. In Benin this kind of bread is the most popular and the commonest food after corn, laughed and potatoes.
27 aprile - 11 giugno 2005