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Art Basel Unlimited 2021
Meleko Mokgosi

September 24–26, 2021, hall 1, U50
Messe Basel
www.artbasel.com

Art Basel Unlimited 2021, curated by Giovanni Carmine, will include a major work by Meleko Mokgosi, presented by Gagosian in collaboration with Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Launched in 2000, Unlimited is an exhibition platform for exciting large-scale projects that transcend the limits of the standard booth.

Bread, Butter, and Power (2018) is an epic twenty-one-panel painting that forms one of the eight chapters of Mokgosi’s ambitious project Democratic Intuition (2013–20). Examining the ideals and reciprocities of democracy in a southern African context, each panel depicts the gendered division of labor and its manifestations in daily life—namely, the work involved in maintaining land, families, and households. Combining strategies of history painting and cinematic montage, Mokgosi explores regional issues of class, ethnicity, and education. Bread, Butter, and Power abounds with overt references to recent social and postcolonial histories, together with diverse associations gathered imaginatively across time and space into a complex conceptual fiction.

Meleko Mokgosi, Bread, Butter, and Power, 2018 (detail), installation view, Art Basel Unlimited © Meleko Mokgosi. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

Meleko Mokgosi, Bread, Butter, and Power, 2018 (detail), installation view, Art Basel Unlimited © Meleko Mokgosi. Photo: Sebastiano Pellion di Persano

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Messe Basel
www.artbasel.com

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www.thecurrentnow.org

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