Otobong Nkanga’s multifaceted work was first introduced to Ireland with a large tapestry titled The Weight of Scars, presented in Still (the) Barbarians, EVA International 2016, in Limerick. In a constantly evolving shared conversation, Nkanga observes authoritative systems and fragmented histories in relation to organic connectedness and the environment. Through drawings, installations, photographs, performances and sculptures, she carefully considers grave societal issues to do with land, natural and human resources and their exploitation. Based on her own experiences, memories, in-depth research and artistic processes, Nkanga explores the use and cultural values embedded in materials, constructions, networks, and received ideas. Her engaged and engaging poetic forms of narration voice important questions about our world. Working with guest curator Caroline Hancock, Otobong Nkanga is creating new work for Temple Bar Gallery + Studios.
b. 1974, Kano, Nigeria; lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium
Otobong Nkanga trained at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam and DasArts, Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts, Amsterdam.
Recent solo exhibitions: Nottingham Contemporary and Kunsthal Aarhus (2016/7); Beirut Art Center (2016); MHKA, Antwerp, Kadist Foundation, Paris; Portikus, Frankfurt; Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam (2015). Her work was included in Gwangu and Sydney Biennales (2016), Lyon Biennale (2015), Berlin and São Paulo Biennales (2014).