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  • Cyrus Kabiru, Macho Nne: Another Mask, 2017, digital C-print, 59 × 47 1⁄4". From “Material Insanity.”

    “Material Insanity”

    Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL)

    Far from the medina’s tangle of alleys, in the surreal surrounding of a gated golf resort lined with pomegranate bushes and orange trees, the Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) appears like a spaceship: The edges of a large brick cylinder meet two rectangular structures that resemble antennae. The exhibition “Material Insanity,” currently on view in the building (designed by architect Didier Lefort), features thirty-four artists, thirty of whom are from Africa. The curators, Meriem Berrada and Janine Gaëlle Dieudji, broadly conceptualized the show around metaphors of materiality.

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