The exhibition of our former resident at the Thami Mnyele Studio; Meschac Gaba (2002) is still to be seen at Tate Modern.
The Benin artist Meschac Gaba first conceived the Museum of Contemporary African Art during his 1996-1997 residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. He describes finding 'another reality' when visiting museums in Europe, a reality in which he could not imagine how the art he wanted to create could be integrated: "I needed a space for my work, because this did not exist."
Gaba has claimed that the Museum of Contemporary African Art is "not a model" it's only a question. "It is temporary and mutable, a conceptual space more than a physical one, a provocation to the Western art establishment not only to attend to contemporary African art, but to question why the boundaries existed in the first place."
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