02. Artists

Otobong Nkanga

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b. 1974 in Kano (Nigeria); lives and works in Antwerp (Belgium)

Otobong Nkanga’s installations, photographs, drawings and sculptures explore the concept of territory and the value accorded to natural resources. Her work injects a performative dimension into the human, environmental and architectural issues she takes as her points of departure.

There have been recent showings of Otobong Nkanga’s work at Museum Folkwang (Essen), Portikus (Frankfurt), Tate Modern (London), L’Appartement 22 (Rabat) and the São Paulo and Berlin biennials.

© Otobong Nkanga


Works


La vie moderne

Wetin You Go Do?, Création Biennale 2015

For the Biennale, Otobong Nkanga has created an installation consisting of concrete balls of various dimensions, painted blue and connected to each other with rope, while a soundtrack fills the space. Otobong Nkanga explains that she uses her voice and her body as a vehicle for her ideas, which she embodies in performances or installations. Here, as if they were planets, the balls are a sort of shortcut for the different uses and cultural values that we associate with natural resources. Three of the balls each relay a monologue that creates a chant that echoes around the space, and in doing so, create a form of dialogue.

Courtesy de l’artiste

Venues : La Sucrière

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Otobong Nkanga
Wetin You Go Do? - Création Biennale 2015
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Otobong Nkanga
Wetin You Go Do? - Création Biennale 2015
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© Blaise Adilon

Otobong Nkanga
Wetin You Go Do? - Création Biennale 2015
La vie moderne | La Sucrière