Eric Magassa works with painting, collage, performative photography, sculpture, and textiles. Several of the works are based on the artist’s own roots in Sweden, France, and Senegal, exploring how West African art has been copied and exploited in various ways for artistic and commercial purposes. Through working with masks, patterns, and montage, Magassa stages a series of dislocations between the visible and invisible, and between various identities and meanings. At the invitation of GIBCA, Magassa has made a new, site-specific work connected to the colonial history of the French lot (Franska tomten). The collage brings together historical documents from sources such as the Swedish National Archives and the Museum of Ethnography in Stockholm with the artist’s own pictures.
Eric Magassa (b.1972) is a Gothenburg-based multi-disciplinary artist. Magassa studied at Central Saint Martins, London and The Art Students League of New York. Recent presentations: Alingsås Konsthall (2019), Moderna Exhibition (2018).
In collaboration with Trafikverket in the frame of Västlänken project.
Walking with Shadows
Site specific wall painting/collage
40 x 4 m
Courtesy the artist
Image: Eric Magassa, Walking with Shadows, 2019. Photo: Hendrik Zeitler