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MUSAC presents The Mission and the Missioners, the first solo exhibition in Spain of African artist Georges Adéagbo. This show displays the intercultural and inter-textual "assemblages" of this key figure in contemporary art from Africa and the international art scene. MUSAC (León, Spain), the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea de Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain), and La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain) will simultaneously host the exhibition Desaparecidos by Gervasio Sánchez, an extensive documentary photography project centred on the forced disappearances that took place in eleven countries throughout Latin America, Asia and Europe. Under the title The Uneasy Subject, MUSAC presents the first solo project by Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari in Spain. The title of the exhibition refers to the status of the body in Lebanese and Arab societies in general, extending the scope of the historical, social and political issues that Zaatari's work deals with. Brumaria shows Ordenando el vacío. Brumaria Works#3 Expanded Violences, an analysis proposal at the intersection of art and violence. Also on the 29 of January, the Laboratorio 987 introduces a new phase in its programming, with an exhibition by artists Pennacchio Argentato. This new phase, which is designed as a projection platform for young curators working in Spain, begins with a year long exhibition project curated by the independent curatorial office Latitudes. Last but not least, MUSAC Showcases display the editorial project Un An Independent and Free Publisher Sides with the artists, cneai: Centre National de l'Edition et de l'Art Imprimé.
MUSAC, the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León (León, Spain), presents The Mission and the Missionaries, the first individual exhibition in Spain by African artist Georges Adéagbo (Cotonou, Benin, 1942). The work of Adéagbo is characterized by the combination of diverse objects and texts, which he commissions, collects, or finds in Cotonou, where he lives, and in the areas around the particular places where he presents his exhibitions, León in this case. But Adeágbo's work is not so much about the plurality (of objects and texts) as it is about the difficult problems, complexities and negotiations of accumulation and consumption, translations and transformations, relations, proximities, and displacements. There is usually a central theme that connects all the elements of the "assemblage" and the way he devises the execution of the installation, and sets the tension between the visual and the verbal, the images and the texts, always juxtaposing cultural objects and aesthetic genres, diverse and distinct genealogies and provenances that involve the experience of the spectator.
The Mission and the Missionaries
Kuratoren: Octavio Zaya, Stephan Köhler