Gbaguidi's works; paintings, writings, drawings and installations, are musings of individual and collective memory. Her work is an anthology of signs and traces about trauma. She critically engages with the misuse of history; deconstructing stereotypes, rewriting metanarratives, and using myth as open spaces to create a simulacrum of the present in flux. She consciously works within and transgresses the framework of the colonial and postcolonial archive to unmask the process of oblivion, through her reflections expressed in pencil and brush. This re-envisioning of the imagery by the artist creates an urgency to put into practise, a writing of liberating images through a corpus of contemporary forms.
Gbaguidi was born in Dakar and is from Benin by origin. She graduated from l'École des Beaux Arts, Belgium in 1995, and currently lives and practises in Brussels, Belgium. Her recent exhibitions include Asylstadt Museum at the Stadt Museum in Munich in 2013 and 2014, the Divine Comedy curated by Simon Njami at the MMK in Frankfurt in 2014, and at the National Museum of African Art in Washington DC, El Mundo Sans le Corps solo at Sulger-Buel Lovell and 1:54 London 2016, and Documenta 14, Athens and Kassel.