Glue Me Peace
20 Apr 2006–03 Jan 2006
The Nobel Peace Center and Meschac Gaba presented Glue Me Peace. The installation was a homage to the Nobel Peace Prize and the human will to peace.
The title originates from the French expression “Colle moi la Paix”, corresponing with the English “leave me be” or “keep the peace”. The expression is often stated in an aggressive or desperate tone, but Glue Me Peace can also be interpreted as a call to charish peace.
In Glue Me Peace the audience met the Peace Prize laureates and their message of peace through more than 100 years. The audience could sit on soft pillows in front of seven flat screen tvs and a jukebox, to watch and listen to legends such as The Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa, or more controversial laureates like Henry Kissinger. The visitors could choose between their favourites.
An important part of the installation was the visitors’ own participation in developing the content. The artist asked them to contribute their thoughts on peace, and these were projected on a screen in the Gallery. As a thank you, the audience received a poster as a gift from Meschac Gaba. This exchange not only served as an interaction between the artist and the audience, but contributed to the art piece growing as a consequence of the visitors’ passion for peace.
Flags are a recurring theme in many of Gaba’s works. Flags in this context symbolized the celebration of the Peace Prize laureates, but also serves as a symbol of national sovereignty. The struggle for national survival have been the source for many a conflict. On the poster the audience was given by the artist, all the Nobel Peace Prize laureates were displayed with their national flags. The flag pattern showed that some nations, mostly Western, have been overrepresented in the Peace Prize history.
On the artist
Meschac Gaba was born in 1961 in Cotonou, Benin, West Africa, but travelled to the Netherlands in 1997 to study at the Rijksakademie. Gaba lives in Rotterdam, and has reached international acclaim for his work. The installation Glue Me Peace was shown at the prestigous TATE Modern in London in 2005. Gaba is perhaps most known for his work Museum of Contemporary African Art where he showed multiple installations about North-South issues and cultural identity. Parts of this project was displayed during Dokumenta XI in Kassel, and the Venice Biennale in 2003. In addition, Gaba has had solo exhibitions at several international museums such as Centre Pompidou in Paris-