DAK’ART 2014

11ème Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain 09/05>08/06

Justine Gaga


Indignation : installation, variable dimensions, 2012, © Justine Gaga.

If one considers that women artists have the misfortune to be a woman because they must constantly prove their legitimacy, Justine Gaga has taken advantage of it. Indignation is a declaration of independence and a call to resistance. The terms independence and resistance are to be understood in two senses. The first, being a release and artistic opposition of the artist who ignores conventions in Africa and often male chauvinist Art World. The second is the desire of the artist to denounce fundamentalism, nationalism, liberalism, nepotism and corruption encouraged by a market economy pushed to the extreme by the rating agencies. The world is racist, violent, sexist, so it is about to explode. Personifying the world’s problems by anthropomorphic gas canisters, the artist tends to show everyone’s responsibility because "we have the leaders we deserve". Whether because of electoral manipulation, no election or a high abstention rate, elections have no meaning because the world is doomed. The explosion would be beneficial and the opportunity to start afresh.

Justine Gaga was born in 1974 in Douala where she currently lives. From childhood, she admired photographs and advertising plates she watched in the city. It led her in 1996 to learn silk screen printing. In studios of Joe Kessy, Sabastiene and Viking, Justine began painting, working with sand, earth, paper. Justine Gaga met Goddy Leye who offered her a residency at Art Bakery in Bonendale, Douala. Since the OFF of Dakar Biennale in 2006 with the Exitour project, she participated in numerous exhibitions: laureat of Culture France (Visa for creation) in Gaborone, Botswana, in 2008, laureat of the UNESCO Aschberg scholarship in Colombia 2010.

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