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Otobong Nkanga, From Where I Stand – Opening Event

14 March 2020 11:45 am - 14 March 2020 4:00 pm


MIMA remains open for business. However, as a precautionary measure we are suspending some of our larger events. This is due to the evolving situation around the Coronavirus and our desire to ensure the  health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff.

The following events will not take place on the advertised dates:

Exhibition launch Saturday 14 March and event planned for Tuesday 17 March. Our Saturday Art Trolley and Community Day events next Thursday,Tees Screen and Little Makers events next week are postponed.

A performance by artist Otobong Nkanga will be arranged for later in the exhibition.

We will post further information on our website and on social media, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @mimauseful and mima.art


Join us for the opening event of our exhibition From Where I Stand that was initiated and curated by Anne Barlow, Director Tate St Ives and has been re-presented for MIMA by the MIMA team.

In this exhibition, Otobong Nkanga prompts us to think about our relationships to land and the extraction of natural resources.

Otobong Nkanga prompts us to think about our relationships to land and the extraction of natural resources. Her work examines complex economic and political systems, histories of land ownership and exploitation. She draws attention to minerals that shine and glimmer, revealing their use in items such as cosmetics and technology.

Nkanga works with textile, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance. 

All are invited to our opening event with music, a special Art Trolley, tours and talks and a zine-making workshop:

We open at 10:00 and events start at 11:45.

11:45 – 12:30: Northern Monkey Brass Band 

A deeply funky collective of the finest drum and brass players in the North East of England bring a New Orleans groove to Middlesbrough.   

12:00 – 16:00: Special Art Trolley with Sophie Lisa Beresford

We encourage you, family and friends to explore, make and wonder in this special Otobong Nkanga themed edition of the Art Trolley, supported by North East based artist and performer, Sophie Lisa Beresford. Children to be supervised by their adult at all times.

12:30 – 13:00: Curator Tour of Otobong Nkanga: From Where I Stand

Introductory tour of Otobong Nkanga: From Where I Stand to learn more about the artworks and artist.

13:00 – 13:30: Show and Tell Tour with Foundation Press 

Artists Foundation Press deliver a ‘show and tell’ tour of their exhibition, Notes On The Black Path.

They discuss the creation of Black Path Press, a risograph publishing project working with people in South Bank, Middlesbrough. All of the books will be available to handle including a new publication about footballer and South Bank’s ‘golden boy’ Wilf Mannion.

13:30 – 15:00: Zine-Making with Foundation Press 

An informal zine making activity within the Notes On The Black Path exhibition. Drop in to make your own A6 zine thinking around themes of friendship, family and notions of home. Free, relaxed and requires no previous experience. 


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