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Otobong Nkanga

  • CountryNigeria
  • Born1974


Nkanga is a visual artist and live performer working in a broad spectrum of media such as installation, photography, drawing and sculpture.

She makes use of the body and voice in live performances/videos or sometimes becoming the protagonist in some of her photography works to convey and interrogate implications of our acts in varied environments and contexts. With the use of personal urban biography and everyday observations, Nkanga reveals the layered and complicated relationships between everyday resources/ materials, landscapes and the unseen social, political, and economic structures that form and are formed by them.

Nkanga initially studied at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and continued at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts Paris, France. She completed an artist’s residency at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam and has finished her post-graduate program at Dasarts, Advanced Studies in the performing Arts, Amsterdam.

Her work has been showcased at Taipei Biennial (2004); Africa remix, Kunst Palast Museum, Düsseldorf (2004); Hayward Gallery, London (2005); The Tamayo Museum, Mexico city (2007); FLOW, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2008); Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2008); Animism, Extra City Kunsthal and M HKA Museum, Antwerp, Belgium (2010).

She currently lives and works in Antwerp.

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