Alterscapes: Playground (A)
Year of Work (issue): 2015
Materials: C-print mounted on aluminium
Size: 50 x 67 cm
C- print mounted on aluminum, 50 x 67 cm (54 x 71 x 4cm framed), Edition 7 ex + 1AP, Edition 5/7
Otobong Nkanga, 1974 / Kano, Nigeria
Otobong Nkanga’s drawings, installations, photographs, sculptures and performances examine the social and topographical relationship with our everyday environment. By exploring the notion of land as a place of non-belonging, Nkanga provides an alternative meaning to the social ideas of identity. Paradoxically, she brings to light the memories and historical impacts provoked by humans and nature. She lays out the inherent complexities of resources like soil and earth and their potential values in order to provoke narratives and stories connected to land.
Her work has been included in institutional group exhibitions as the 58th Venice Biennial, Venice; Black Refractions, San Francisco CA, Charleston SC, Kalamazoo MI, Northampton MA, Seattle WA, Salt Lake City UT (2019-2020); Hand Drawn, Action Packed, Hayward Gallery Touring, St. Albans, Wolverhampton, Glasgow, Swansea (2018-2019); Laid Bare in the Landscape, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno (2018); Cosmogonies, au gré des éléments, Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain (MAMAC), Nice (2018) ; General Rehearsal, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow (2018); Documenta 14, Athens / Kassel (2017); I am a native foreigner, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2017); Take Me (I’m Yours), Pirelli Hangarbicocca, Milan (2017); Life Itself, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2016); Museum on/off, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2016); 13th Biennale de Lyon, La vie moderne, Lyon (2015); 31st Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2014), 8th Berlin Biennale, Berlin (2014).
Otobong Nkanga is the 1st recipient of the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award (Norway, 2019), and was awarded the Peter Weiss Award (Bochum, 2019), the Special Mention Award of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia (Venice, 2019), the 2019 Sharjah Biennial Award (Sharjah, 2019), the Flemish Cultural Award for Visual Arts – Ultima (Brussels, 2019), the Belgian Art Prize (Brussels, 2017) and the 8th Yanghyun Art Prize (Seoul, 2015).