Artists | Meshac Gaba

2016
Tiisetso Molobi
Lazi Mathebula
Pamela Clarkson
Atta Kwami
Mongezi Ncaphayi
Em'kal Eyongakpa

2015
Atef Berredjem
Rehema Chachage
Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Rasoul

2014
Moshekwa Langa
Bernard Akoi-Jackson
Helen Zeru Araya
Admire Kamudzengerere

2013
Ashraf Moneim
Awaad Issa
Lara Bourdin
Zanele Muholi
Louis Boshoff
Ruan Hoffmann
Krishna Luchoomun
Sultana Haukim
Adriaan de Villiers

2012
Koyo Kouoh
Michele Tabor
Viktor Ekpuk
Santu Mofokeng
Mihret Kebede

2011
Hasan and Husain Essop
Nisren Abasher Ahmed
Leo Lefort

2010
Akintunde Akinleye
Akirash
Ndikhumbule Ngqinambi
Ruan Hoffmann
Michael Tsegaye

2009
Adriaan de Villiers
Hadia Gana
Zanele Muholi

2007
Victor Ekpuk
Doreen Southwood
Clifford Charles
Assefa Gebrekidan

2006
Guy Wouete
Thulani Shongwe
Nicholas Hlobo
Doreen Southwood
Odili Donald Odita

2005
Rehab El Sadek

2003
Papisto Boy
John Murray
Isaac Carlos
Rose Kirumira
Dominique Zinkpé

2002
Senzeni Marasela
Tarek Zaki
Kheto Lualuali
Meshac Gaba
Darryl Accone
Nawaal Deane
Henk Rossouw
Rafs Mayet
Louis Mhlanga

2001
Krishna Luchoomun

2000
Moss Mogale
Samson Kambalu
Abrie Fourie
Dominique Fontaine
Ilse Pahl

1999
Saliou Traore
Alassane Drabo
Harry Mutasa
Moshekwa Langa
Jeremy Wafer

1998
Mustafa Maluka

1997
Shepard Mtyshelwa
Liza du Plessis
Allina Ndebele
Greg Streak
Dominic Tshabangu

1996
Stephen Maqashela

1995
Ina van zyl
Progress Matubako

1993
Tito Zungu
Noria Mbabasa
Helen Sebidi
Sue Williamson
David Koloane
Andries Botha
Pat Mautloa

1992
Sandra Kriel
Clifford Charles
Dianse Paulse
Sarah Tabane

Benin
Meshac Gaba
Meshac Gaba

Meshac Gaba Meshac Gaba (1961) first conceived his Contemporary African Art Museum when he was studying at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. The Museum provides an alternative to the colonial context in which western museums display African art. Gaba aims to expose prejudiced ideas about African art and at the same time point out the lack of museums or galleries for modern art in Africa.
During the early 1990s, Meshac Gaba started reflecting on the devaluation of currency by incorporating bills in a series of two-dimensional works. The tension between economic power and colonization would inform all of Gaba’s work from 1997 onward, organized as successive sections of an imaginary Contemporary African Art Museum.
The Contemporary African Art Museum is about founding a structure where there isn’t one, without losing sight of the limitations of existing models that belong to a certain social and economic order based in the harsher realities of domination. On successive occasions, Gaba has shown various rooms from his museum.
Meshac Gaba worked in the Thami Mnyele Foundation Studio in 2002, in preparation for his contribution to the Documenta XI in Kassel. Meshac Gaba was selected for the Biennale Venice 2003.

His Tresses series has showed at inIVA in London (2006) and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2005).. Other solo shows include Glue Me Peace at the Nobel Peace Center, Oslo (2006), and Tate Modern, London (2005). Group shows include Gaba's curatorial project Glück - Welches Glück, at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum in Dresden, Germany (2008); Port City at Greenland Street Gallery, Liverpool (2008); Africa Remix (2004-2007) and, in 2006, the São Paolo, Gwangju, Sydney and Havana biennales.

Meshac Gaba links

museum of contemporaryafrican art
gabatresses
at Michael Stevenson, Cape Town

Thami Mnyele Foundation promotes the exchange of art and culture between Africa and the Netherlands.