Moderna Museet presents Georges Adéagbo’s first exhibition in Sweden. The artist bases his complex installations on the historic and cultural aspects of the place where he is exhibiting. Here, he brings together Sweden and Benin, to generate displacements and new narratives.
‘In 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, he changes our habitual ways of seeing the world,’ says curator Matilda Olof-Ors.
Born in 1942, Adéagbo examines how the viewer’s own cultural context explains and invests objects and events with meaning. His collages include books newspapers and clothes bought in flea markets in Stockholm and his home town of Cotonou and are combined with illustrations, woodcuts and hand-written texts to investigate the history and collection of Moderna Museet.