The catalogue accompanying Meschac Gaba's second solo exhibition at Michael Stevenson features two bodies of work. Colours of Cotonou, a installation of picture frames covered in cut-outs from Beninese bank notes and found objects, is inspired by Benin's culture of street trading. And a new series of Tresses constructed from artificial braided hair takes the shape of cars. Ivor Powell's essay discusses how Gaba's work occupies a zone of ambivalence, embracing the 'existential diaspora' of contradiction.
Published by Michael Stevenson | Catalogue 45, October 2009
Softcover, 56 pages | Price: R100
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