Nigerian Artist Otobong Nkanga

Nigerian art enthusiast Tunde Folawiyo will be very familiar with the work of Otobong Nkanga. One of Nigeria’s most prominent modern artists, Nkanga’s work has been shown internationally to much critical acclaim. Born in Kano, Nigeria in 1974, Nkanga lives in Antwerp today and continues to exhibit internationally. She was educated at Amesterdam’s DasArts, the Rijksakademie van beeldende, the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux in Paris and Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria.

Otobong Nkanga has also taught at the Gerriet Rietveld Academy of Amsterdam and undertaken several residencies and fellowships in France, The Netherlands and the Congo.

Her critically acclaimed exhibitions include:

  • The Western Syndrome exhibition, La Bank Gallery, Paris.
  • Pointe Noire Fragments exhibition, Centre Cultural Français at Pointe-Noire in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • No Be Today Story exhibition at Amsterdam’s Lumen Travo Gallery.
  • Classicism and Beyond at the Fotofest exhibition in Houston, Texas.
  • Smokescreen at the Kunstverein Springhornof exhibition in Neuenkirchen, Germany.
  • However Long the Night, Dawn Will Break at Amsterdam’s Lumen Travo Gallery.
  • On Fragile Ground in Antwerp, Belgium.
  • Shuffling Cards at the Galerie des Grands Bains Douches exhibition in Marseille, France.
  • 50 Days at Sea exhibition in Shanghai.
  • Don’t Panic at the Durban Art Gallery, South Africa.
  • There is Always a Cup of Sea to Sail In exhibition in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Flow at the Studio Museum of Harlem, New York.
  • Snap Judgments at Tamayo Museum, Mexico, The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and Miami Art Central in the US.

Otobong Nkanga’s photographs, drawings, sculptures and installations are largely themed on man’s reliance on natural resources, in which she examines modern living, cultural and environmental issues.

The next article in the series will look at one of Nkanga’s most well-known works, the Dolphin Estate series.


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