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Otobong Nkanga: From Where I Stand

Otobong Nkanga: From Where I Stand - Omenka Online

Running from September 21 to January 2020 is From Where I Stand, the first UK museum exhibition by Nigerian contemporary artist Otobong Nkanga, whose practice spans tapestry, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance.

From Where I Stand explores the politics of land and its relationship to the body, as well as histories of land acquisition and ownership. The exhibition will feature recent works created especially for the Tate St Ives exhibition, including a wall painting and sculpture, alongside well-known works such as The Weight of Scars (2015), Tsumeb Fragments (2015), and From Where I Stand (2015), as well as several paintings and photographs which will be shown publicly for the first time.

Otobong Nkanga is one of the most exciting artists working today. In performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, textiles, photography, and installation works, Nkanga creates narratives that dwell on memory, environment and the postcolonial histories embedded in her home country. In her works-on-paper especially, Nkanga creates landscapes and corporeal forms with clean, hard-edged lines that address the political and ecological impacts of Nigeria’s oil industry. These works also reference West African cultural artifacts, which the artist situates in a political web of Nigeria’s postcolonial economy, raising questions about the cultural, ethnographic, and use-value of these items. She received a special mention at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia and was awarded the 2015 Yanghyun Prize and the 2017 Belgian Art Prize. In 2019, she was the recipient of the Ultimas-Flemish Prize for culture.


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