Living in Freetown, Sierra Leone, John Goba was born in 1944 in Mattru Jong and grew up within the secret society of Bondo women.
His colorful sculptures are made out of painted wood and covered in porcupine quills, which it is believed have protective and mystical virtues. He is inspired by traditional craftwork, tribal tales and secrets, especially those of the Mende people, of which he is a member.
John Goba took part in numerous exhibitions, including 100% Africa at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, in 2006, Africa/Africa at the Center for Contemporary Art in Meymac, France, in 2012, and in African Art Now: Masterpieces from the Jean Piggozzi Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas. His works were shown in various festivals and biennials around the world, including the Dakar Biennial in 1992, the Havana Biennial in 2001, and Partages d’exotisme in 2000, the 5th edition of the Lyon Biennial. His work is also a part of several collections.
The Missellinius Mask Head, 2015,
Wood sculpture, textile and porcupine quills,
186 x 150 cm,
As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.
All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.
We have preventively taken the decision to temporarily suspend all our activities in the field in order to participate in the security of all and to try stop the spread of the virus on the continent.
As we know today, the speed of implementation of measures to protect people on a collective scale is critical in the future fight against the impact of this virus.
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