Otobong Nkanga

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Otobong Nkanga
Künstlername: Otobong Nkanga
bevorzugtes Medium: Mixed Media
Kunstrichtung: Afrika
Nationalität: NG
geboren: 1974
geboren in: Kano, Nigeria
lebt in: Antwerpen
Website des Künstlers oder der Galerie: Otobong Nkanga

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Otobong Nkanga - Profil

2005 – 2008 DasArts, Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
2002 – 2003 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
1995 – 2001 Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux – Arts (ENSBA) Paris, France.
1992 – 1994 Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) Ile – Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

Otobong Nkanga was born in 1974, Kano, Nigeria?. She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. A visual artist and performer, Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and continued at the École Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. She was at the residency program at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
In 2008, she obtained her Masters in the Performing Arts at Dasarts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Otobong Nkanga's drawings, installations, photographs and sculptures variously examine ideas around land and the value connected to natural resources.
In the work of Otobong Nkanga, activities and performance permeate all kinds of media and motivate photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video, though all the different works are thematically connected through architecture and landscape. As a human trace that testifies of ways of living and environmental issues, architecture and landscape act as a sounding board for narration and the performative. According to the artist herself, she uses her body and voice in live performances or in videos to become the protagonist in her work. However, her presence serves mostly as a self-effacing catalyst, an invisible hand that sets the artistic process in motion. Nkanga negotiates the completion of the cycle of art between the aesthetic realm of display and a strategy of de-sublimation that repeatedly pushes the status of the artwork into contingency. In many of her works Nkanga reflects metonymically on the use and cultural value connected to natural resources, exploring how meaning and function are relative within cultures, and revealing different roles and histories for the same products, particularly within the context of the artists autobiography and memories. June 2013 to June 2014, Otobong Nkanga was a guest of the DAAD Berliner Künstlerprogramm  Artists-in-Berlin Program. beirutartcenter

10 wichtige Ausstellungen mit Otobong Nkanga

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Otobong Nkanga Temple Bar Gallery Dublin IE 08.12.2017
documenta 14 Kassel: Von Athen lernen documenta Kassel DE 10.06.2017
The BelgianArtPrize 2017 Palais des Beaux-Arts (bozar) Brüssel BE 17.03.2017
Contour Biennale 8 Contour - biennial for video art Mechelen BE 11.03.2017
Otobong Nkanga Nottingham Contemporary Nottingham GB 15.10.2016
Gwangju Biennale 2016 11th edition Gwangju Biennale Gwangju KR 02.09.2016
Otobong Nkanga / MATRIX 260 Berkeley Art Museum, BAMPFA Berkeley US 11.05.2016
Material Effects Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum East Lansing US 06.11.2015
IN SITU Otobong Nkanga MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen BE 16.10.2015
COMOT YOUR EYES MAKE I BORROW YOU MINE Kadist Art Foundation Paris FR 27.09.2015
#196 Otobong Nkanga - Crumbling Through Powdery Air Portikus Frankfurt DE 16.07.2015
Unisono 28: Otobong Nkanga Taste of a Stone Stedelijk Museum Schiedam Schiedam NL 04.07.2015
13th Biennale de Lyon 2015 La vie moderne (The Modern Life) La biennale d'art contemporain de Lyon Lyon FR 14.05.2015
Otobong Nkanga Tracing Confessions Museum Folkwang Essen DE 23.01.2015
31st Bienal de São Paulo 2014 Biennale São Paulo São Paulo BR 06.09.2014
8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art: EXPEDITE EXPRESSION Berlin Biennale für zeitgenössische Kunst Berlin DE 29.05.2014
Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2013: PLAY! Biennale Göteborg Göteborg SE 07.09.2013
Sharjah Biennial 11 Sharjah Biennial Sharjah VA 13.03.2013
29th Bienal de São Paulo Biennale São Paulo São Paulo BR 25.09.2010
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Wichtige Awards & Residencies
von Otobong Nkanga:

DAAD: Berliner Künstlerprogramm Yanghyun Prize The BelgianArtPrize