From the publisher:
“documents Meschac Gaba's solo exhibition of the same title, and includes short texts by the artist on each of the works. These include the 'flag' pieces, which began with a commission for , a survey exhibition of art from West Africa and its diaspora in Manchester in 2012. Gaba fused the flags of all the West African countries together with the flag of the United Kingdom, so that it became 'a symbol of unity, of solidarity and friendship'. A subsequent flag, made for the 2012 Benin Biennale, was a composite of the flags of all the countries in the world, while Voyages used the flags of countries or organisations with worldwide influence – among them the European Union, United Nations and NATO – to make bundles tied to wooden canes, like pilgrims' sticks.
“Other works include Gaba's, in which short quotations on contemporary art were reproduced on the licence plates of motorbike taxi drivers in Cotonou, and , a 'shop display' of babies' and children's clothes with disturbing phrases embroidered on them – 'a quiet reminder of phenomena in our society that turn children into vulnerable victims'.”
19.9 x 21.3 cm | 24 pages | softcover
Beninese conceptual artist Meschac Gaba (b. 1961) studied at the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam from 1996-97. He is based in Rotterdam and Cotonou.