Justine Gaga (1974, Douala) lives and works in Douala. Her artistic practice moves between painting, sculpture, installation, video and photography investigating societal structures, economy and health. She is interested in the quest for identity, the movements and actions that drive the individual into a whirlwind of a world inside which they eventually become a stranger. The plinth of the artist’s practice is loneliness in connection to exile, isolation, immigration, psychological fences and the question of borders. Her work is haunted by the shape of an enigmatic individual, sometimes dark and sometimes transparent, present in the most improbable backgrounds. Gaga has participated in many exhibitions and events in Cameroon, Togo, Mali, Botswana, South Africa, Colombia, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Her work has appeared at SUD2017 (Salon Urbain de Douala) and the 2014 Dakar Biennale, and her 2006 project Exit Tour consists of a road trip of creation and exchange through several West African countries from Douala towards Dakar.
Justine Gaga’s labyrinth is a monstrous machine. It speaks of capitalist schemes inflicted by a small majority: a political, economic and social system that deprives us of our freedom by controlling our choices. The monster constantly builds and deconstructs itself, but it’s impossible to understand as it is controlled less by a common plan than selfish accumulation-based ideas. Capitalism’s philosophy of production and consumption makes us want things we do not need, refines our desire without consent, suggests what we must have for future well-being, forces work, money, sport, sugar, technological gadgets, alcohol and drugs on us at the expense of addiction. It is something to consider now, when the planet from which we have only extracted, is disappearing. How can we make up for the losses and get out of this whirlwind that seems to have no exit?