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Georges Adéagbo, La naissance de Stockholm..!/The Birth of Stockholm..! Installation view, Moderna Museet 2014
© Georges Adéagbo. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet

Georges Adéagbo

La naissance de Stockholm..!/The Birth of Stockholm..!

28.6 2014 – 7.9 2014

Stockholm

Georges Adéagbo, born 1942 in Cotonou, Benin, creates site-specific installations where news cuttings, posters, books, postcards, clothes and his own handwritten texts are interwoven with sculptures and paintings from Benin into complex three-dimensional collages.

Adéagbo’s work has been shown internationally since the 1990s, and especially since his participation in the Venice Biennale in 1999. He bases his work on the city that has invited him, exploring and examining its architecture, history, culture and the myriad of other aspects that make up the identity of a place. Through chains of association, autobiographical references and cultural translation he creates what has been called an ‘archaeology of knowledge’, giving rise to new narratives.

Stephan Köhler, Georges Adéagbo and Matilda Olof-Ors
Stephan Köhler, Georges Adéagbo
and Matilda Olof-Ors,
Moderna Museet 2014
Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

“In Georges Adéagbo’s new work for Moderna Museet, he creates a collage of events and individuals, where history, philosophy, politics and religion are recurring themes. Jesus, Queen Christina, René Descartes and Okwui Enwezor are all included in his installation. By creating new contexts and meanings, Adéagbo changes our habitual way of seeing the world,” says Matilda Olof-Ors, curator.

Curator: Matilda Olof-Ors
Co-Curator: Stephan Köhler

Images

Georges Adéagbo
La naissance de Stockholm..!/The Birth of Stockholm..!, Commissioned, bought and found objects. Preparatory study for the installation at Moderna Museet. Cotonou, Rep. of Benin, March 23, 2014.
© Georges Adéagbo 2014. Foto: Stephan Köhler
Georges Adéagbo
La naissance de Stockholm..!/The Birth of Stockholm..!, Commissioned, bought and found objects. Preparatory study for the installation at Moderna Museet. Cotonou, Rep. of Benin, March 23, 2014
© Georges Adéagbo 2014. Foto: Stephan Köhler

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