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Meschac Gaba's iconic work wigs it

By unknown | Jan 16, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Patience Bambalele

Patience Bambalele

Acclaimed visual artist Meschac Gaba's works are on display at the Johannesburg Art Gallery until January 31.

Born in Benin, he currently lives in Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Gaba uses various materials, such as wigs and notes of money to create his works.

One of his creations is Tresse, a set of wigs made in the shape of landmark South African buildings, such as the Sentech Tower in Johannesburg and the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.

These striking "wig buildings" were also shown at Cape Town's Michael Stevenson Gallery last year and blew art lovers away.

One of these large installations is La Maison, a very inspiring work.

Another one is Salle de Jeux, a games room where tables containing puzzles are arranged throughout the room. Once they have been solved, the puzzles form flags.

The installation Glue Me Peace consists of several parts, one of which is a set of seven screens showing the acceptance speeches of Nobel laureates.

A new installation, Couleurs du Cotonou, comprises a number of paintings made with bank notes.


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