Exhibit. Meschac Gaba. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Africano (Contemporary African Art Museum)

En el Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM). C/ Balcones 11 y 13
From February 5 to March 28, 2010

After 12 years of dedication, the African artist Meschac Gaba (born in Benin) has finished the extensive project that he proposed to carry out in 1997. The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Africano (Contemporary African Art Museum), whose halls have circulated through Documenta 11 of Kassel and prestigious art museums and centres in Paris, Ghent, Glasgow and Quebec, is now a fulfilled reality.

The Museum was officially presented on August 29, 2009, in Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel, after a preview at the Paviljoens Museum in the Netherlands, from April 24 to August 9. From Kassel, the exhibit will travel to Miami, with a planned stop in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria before crossing the ocean.

The initiative prepared by Meschac Gaba is not only significant in the sense that in this way, the artist has succeeded in emancipating himself from the "African artist" label, but it also obligates the audience to reconsider this form of labelling. Gaba defends the saying: "Man has not created anything; it has only transformed what was already created."

The exhibit at the CAMM will be accompanied by two Gaba installations.
Along with the Contemporary African Art Museum, the pieces Sweet City, a city made of sugar cubes, and Tresses, created in Harlem, New York, will also be shown. Afro hairdressers prepared a series of wigs that emulate emblematic buildings of New York and Porto-Novo, the capital of Benin. The idea is to propose to Gaba the possibility of organising a parade through the streets of Vegueta with the wigs.

During the exhibit, a cultural-gastronomical meeting will be organised with members of the African community residing in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, at the restaurant of the Contemporary African Art Museum.

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