The MMFA, in collaboration with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, will present the first monographic exhibition in Canada devoted to the work of Omar Ba, one of the most important African artists of his generation. Using objects and materials from his immediate surroundings, Ba paints mainly on cardboard with a mixture of various media including oils, watercolor, ink and pencil. With a unique visual language that fuses the figurative and the abstract, the human and the animal, the symbolic and the literal, Ba’s practice engages with some of the most pressing geo-political and socio-economic issues of our time: unequal concentrations of wealth and power, immigration, post-colonial relations, and our changing relationship to the natural world. During his passage at the MMFA, the artist will create a unique installation in-situ.
This exhibition will bring together work from Ba’s most important series, underscoring his profound critique of violence and corruption as well as his celebration of the human spirit. Born in Senegal in 1977, Omar Ba now lives between Dakar and Geneva. His work has been exhibited and collected by major public and private institutions including the Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris) and the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
An exhibition initiated, organized and circulated by The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
Omar Ba: Same Dream is curated by Nabila Abdel Nabi, Associate Curator, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, in Montreal, Mary-Dailey Desmarais, Curator of International Modern and Contemporary Art, MMFA.
The Museum acknowledges the essential contribution of Air Canada to the exhibition and thanks the MMFA Young Philanthropists’ Circle, proud supporters of the museum’s contemporary art programme.