bradwolff & partners is delighted to present the exhibition ‘observatories on society’ on thursday 2 may. It is the second exhibition of ‘in dialogue’a series of duo exhibitions running throughout 2024 that will showcase inspiring interactions between pairs of contemporary artists whose artistic paths intersect and intensify in unexpected ways.

 

opening at a later date

exhibition runs until 30 June

For this second instalment in the series, conceptual artists Greg Colson and Meschac Gaba show their sociological, economic and political reflections on society. Differing in background and journey, they find common ground in their use of significant symbols from contemporary culture to shape their critical perspectives. American artist Greg Colson uses imagery that is easily accessible or instantly recognisable and transforms it into his own unique vision. Observing society in an approachable, unpretentious manner, his works offer an aerial view exposing our fears, spending habits and most pressing social issues. Colson catalogues significant economic and social topics, using standardised systems such as pie charts or maps which he renders with typefaces or symbols typically found in public signage. Meschac Gaba, who hails from Benin, Africa, and works partly in the Netherlands, also employs familiar and relatable objects in his art, such as flags, sugar, decommissioned coins, paper currency and discarded clothing. In doing so, Gaba poses critical questions about the global economy and the lack of social and economic justice. With his cross-cultural context, he challenges notions of identity and deliberately blurs the lines between art, museums and everyday life. His ‘Museum of Contemporary African Art’ forms an iconic statement that not only requests but demands the viewer’s engagement. Gaba’s work is both playful and probing, navigating between the personal and the political, the artistic and the ordinary.

While Colson delves into the paradoxes of analytics within Western systems, Gaba engages in a multiplex dialogue across cultures. Viewed together, their work is an invitation for visitors to engage in wider conversations about the subtleties of our social and cultural perceptions.

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