Fellow 2017/2018

Otobong Nkanga

Otobong Nkanga’s practice explores the social and topographical changes of her environment. Through performance, drawing, photography, and installation she examines how raw minerals are transported through covert economies and transformed into desirable consumables. Nkanga studied at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris; and Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and DasArts, both Amsterdam. Her exhibitions have been at: documenta 14, Kassel, 2017; Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, 2015; Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo, 2014; and Berlin Biennale, Berlin, 2014. Sites of her solo exhibitions include: Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, 2017; Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, 2016; M HKA, Antwerp, 2016; Museum Folkwang, Essen, 2015; and Kadist Foundation, Paris, 2015. She received the Belgian Art Prize in 2017 and Yanghyun Prize in 2015. Nkanga lives and works in Antwerp.

Fellowship Research Trajectory

To Dig A Hole That Collapses Again

A survey exhibition of Otobong Nkanga’s works is presented for the first time in the US. The exhibition titled To Dig A Hole That Collapses Again opens at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago from 31 March–9 September 2018.