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Otobong Nkanga: From Where I Stand

14 March 2020 - 21 February 2021

Image credit: Otobong Nkanga
The Weight of Scars 2015
Woven textile and Photography, inkjet print on viscose, wool, mohair, bio cotton and laser cut forex 10 plates 253 x 612 cm
Installation view at MHKA, Antwerp, Belgium. Courtesy of the artist and Lumen Travo, Amsterdam, In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brussels, New York.
Photograph: Christine Clinckx – MHKA


Otobong Nkanga prompts us to think about our relationships to land and the extraction of the world’s natural resources. Her multi-disciplinary practice spans tapestries, drawings, photographs, installations, videos and performances that reflect on the environment and global systems of production and consumption.

The exhibition From Where I Stand explores the politics of land and its relationship to the body, histories of land acquisition and exploitation.

Otobong Nkanga (born 1974 Kano, Nigeria) lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium and has over two decades of creating work connecting history through exploring the politics of colonialism and empire, land ownership and environmental damage, revealing themes that look at the relationship of bodies, land and natural resources. Nkanga received a Special Mention at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia and was awarded the 2015 Yanghyn prize,  and, with Emeka Ogboh, the Sharjah Biennial 14 Prize and the 2017 Belgian Art Prize  In 2019, Nkanga was the recipient of the Ultimass-Flemish Prize for culture and the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme.

From Where I Stand was initiated and curated by Anne Barlow, Director Tate St Ives.  It has been re-presented for MIMA by the MIMA team. 






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