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. So, for example, Ibrahim Mahama’s Produce of Sea, 2017, a tapestry of scrap metal, tarpaulin, and jute sacks, tells the story of the transportation of cocoa and other commodities in Ghana. Similar recastings of material histories are invoked in a tapestry of toothbrushes and bottle caps titled

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