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Posted - 11/09/2009 :  09:30:55 AM  Show Profile Send NastiJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Translated into wearable sculptures - and, in an accompanying video, paraded through the streets of Cotonou, where the Tresses were made - the car is both elevated and brought back down to earth. Gaba playfully redirects attention to the economy as experienced at street level, in the market place of an African city, a prototypical arena for human trade. In presenting a tank as a pink wig, Gaba neutralises its symbolic threat of military might - yet the wig's synthetic fibres, derived from petrochemicals, give an underlying sting to his critique.

Scroll to the bottom of the page for pix of the sculptures, which appear to be knitted or crocheted - definitely made of yarn. Here is a close up of one:

The gallery is in Cape Town, South Africa - as a reminder that TWIAVBP, I was struck by the notation that the exhibit, which opened October 1, is a part of the Spring Art Tour.

Nancy J.

"Learning how to knit was a snap.It was learning how to stop that nearly destroyed me." Erma Bombeck
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