”We are the world” is the title of the exhibition in the
Netherlands Pavilion at the fiftieth Biennial of Venetia. Curator Rein
Wolfs compiled a group exhibition together with an international party
of engaged artists who respond to society in their work. Erik van Lieshout
and Jeanne van Heeswijk come from the Netherlands. Carlos Amorales,
Alicia Framis and Meschac Gaba, all former participants at the Rijksakademie,
were born in Mexico, Spain and Benin, respectively, but work as artists
in the Netherlands. The exhibition is an artistic statement that speaks
out for the qualities of a multicultural society.
In the “Ginger Bar” by Meschac Gaba, visitors can reflect
on what they have seen at the Biennial over a glass of African ginger
beer brewed by the artist.
The bar is in the shape of a small boat with which Gaba revives elements
of his African origin. With the “Ginger Bar” he emphasises
the importance of the role of art as a meeting place. The bar is once
again the next museum space in Gaba’s project “The Museum
of Contemporary African Art”.