Meschac Gaba
Beninese, born 1961
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Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Tate
Selected exhibitions
2017
Their Own Harlems,
The Studio Museum in Harlem
2016
We Call it Ludwig : The Museum is Turning 40!,
Museum Ludwig
2014
HOW FAR HOW NEAR,
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Beninese conceptual artist Meschac Gaba explores themes of globalization, consumerism, and the Western museum through acts of artistic appropriation. Gaba first emerged on the international art scene with his 12-part project The Museum of Contemporary African Art (1997–2002), which concluded at Documenta XI. His nomadic museum comprised 12 rooms—including the Wedding Room, Library, Game Room, and the Salon—that were exhibited separately in several countries. The “museum” set forth a sort of living biography of the artist (Gaba was actually married in the Wedding Room in 2000), as well as positing a biting critique of the power of Western cultural conventions. In more recent work, Gaba has created objects and sculptures from braided hair extensions that are popular with African-Americans and the diaspora. The extensions, which originated in West Africa, form models of the World Financial …

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