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Author: Daphne Pappers

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Meschac Gaba


“Yes, one could quite easily argue that Meschac Gaba uses money as a means to discuss colonialism. The banknotes and coins that he transforms are late witnesses of that era, the language in which they are coined still being French. But years after that determined opening statement in his own book (“I use money because I refuse to use the word colonialism.” ed.), he still insisted: “Colonialism is en vogue in Europe, not in Africa”. And: “It is dangerous to write too much about it. In Africa we think about development. Let’s imagine a world without colonialism.” 4

An intriguing quote out of the essay of Daphne Pappers on the work Meschac Gaba, an artist from Benin, living and working in Rotterdam and Benin.


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