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Otobong Nkanga

Nigerian, b. 1974

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Otobong Nkanga

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Nigerian, b. 1974

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Biography

In performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, textiles, photography, and installation works, Nigeria-born artist Otobong 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 Nkanga situates in a political web of Nigeria’s postcolonial economy, raising questions about the cultural, ethnographic, and use value of these items.

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Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
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Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 7 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more
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Included in a major biennial
Berlin Biennale, and 11 more
Biography

In performance, sculpture, drawing, painting, textiles, photography, and installation works, Nigeria-born artist Otobong 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 Nkanga situates in a political web of Nigeria’s postcolonial economy, raising questions about the cultural, ethnographic, and use value of these items.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MCA Chicago
Group
Group show at a major institution
Centre Pompidou, and 7 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
frieze, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Berlin Biennale, and 11 more
Articles Featuring Otobong Nkanga
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Jan 20th, 2020
20 Trailblazing Artists with Major Museum Shows in 2020
Can an Irish Biennial Reimagine Colonial History?
Apr 18th, 2016
Can an Irish Biennial Reimagine Colonial History?
30 Emerging Artists to Watch During Frieze Week
May 12th, 2015
30 Emerging Artists to Watch During Frieze Week
Hans Ulrich Obrist & Klaus Biesenbach on Co-Curating, Living Sculptures, and the Chance Encounter That Started It All
Jun 17th, 2014
Hans Ulrich Obrist & Klaus Biesenbach on Co-Curating, Living Sculptures, and the Chance Encounter That Started It All
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