Discursive, Performative

7 October 2017, 22.15-22.45

Germination, 2017

Performance

Otobong Nkanga, Preliminary Recipe for a Support System, digital drawing, collage and acrylic on paper, 2016–2017

Otobong Nkanga comes together with soap maker Evi Lachana to expand upon the idea of soap—a ubiquitous product essential to our health and central to Nkanga’s work Carved to Flow, 2017. As part of documenta 14, the artist started a performative soapmaking laboratory in Athens, later selling the soap in Kassel.

In the performance Germination, Nkanga evokes the previous phases of Carved to Flow and meditates on the networked geographies, traditions, histories, and people engaged in the production of soap, proposing it as a model of social, economic, and conceptual circulation.

Part of Propositions #1: What We Mean.

Suggestions from the archive

Course

12 October–16 November 2021

Course: Art as Politics

Art as Politics is an online course, that was prompted by the urgency to engage in collective thinking through, learning about, and imagining critical, politically-informed artistic practices that grasp—and intervene into—the present. Taught by Maria Hlavajova, BAK’s general & artistic director.

Introductions

Launch

Online Exhibition