Born in Kano (NG), lives in Antwerp (BE).
Otobong Nkanga (°1974, Kano, Nigeria) studied at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. She obtained her master's degree in performance art from DasArts in Amsterdam. Since 2007, she lives and works in Antwerp. Nkanga's drawings, installations, photos, sculptures, tapestries, poems and performances explore the social and topographical relationship with our environment. Nkanga brings to light the memories and historical impact of human interventions in nature, and she studies the systems and methods associated with the mining, processing and transport of raw materials. In doing so, she pays much attention to the connection between ores, material culture and the redistribution of power and knowledge.
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In Pursuit of Bling
Otobong Nkanga, In Pursuit of Bling, 2014. Installation, inkjet prints, lightbox, metal modulated structure, minerals, objects, texts, videos with sound, woven textile pieces, variable dimensions.
Social Consequences II: T...
Otobong Nkanga, Social Consequences II: The Choice We Make, 2009. Drawing, stickers, acrylic on paper, 2 x (29 x 42 cm).
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From Where I Stand: Glimm...
28 November 2015 14:00 - 28 November 2015 18:00.
Glimmer: Unfold Otobong Nkanga presents a durational performance titled Glimmer: Unfold from 2pm until 6pm. For the afternoon, the artist wil
Salon de Peinture
17 January 2019 - 31 March 2019.
For those who were still in doubt: painting is thriving. In two M HKA spaces, the exhibition Salon de Peinture offers a picture of the curren
When Faith Moves Mountains
17 July 2022 - 09 October 2022.
This project was set up differently from a classic exhibition; the working method was rather activist, whereby a 'coalition of the willing' s
Worth Fighting For
14 November 2022 - 14 December 2022.
Worth Fighting For The Ukrainian fight is about the survival of a nation and its right to exist – politically, militarily, econom
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Aanwinsten 2016 [Acquisit...
M HKA built up a substantial art collection from the former Soviet Union through earlier commitments in various movements, which can be used
Worth Fighting For
14.11 - 14.12.2022 Oskar-Jäger-Strasse 97-99, 50933 Cologne Open every day, 10:00 – 18:00 The Ukrainian fight is about the sur
Space of World Making
Space of World Making (with a reflection by Taras Kachka) Any meaningful relation to the world today is ineluctably multi-faceted. In his
The City Collection / De ...
The city of Antwerp started in 2021 with the development of a city collection of contemporary art. The artworks will be given on long-term lo