Otobong
Nkanga
Wetin you go do ?, 2015
Wetin you go do ?, 2015

Otobong Nkanga
Wetin you go do ?, 2015
29 Tinted concrete sculptures, rope and sound
40 cm to 80 cm in height
Exhibition view at La Biennale de Lyon 2015

Otobong Nkanga
Wetin you go do ?, 2015
29 Tinted concrete sculptures, rope and sound
Exhibition view at La Biennale de Lyon 2015

Otobong Nkanga
Wetin you go do ?, 2015
29 Tinted concrete sculptures, rope and sound
Exhibition view at La Biennale de Lyon 2015

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For the Biennale, Otobong Nkanga has created an installation consisting of concrete spheres of various dimensions, tinted and connected to each other with ropes, while a soundtrack fills the space.
For the artist, one of the things she was thinking about is the fact that we are in a world where things we wish to change are so intimately connected that it requires not only a collective effort but also equally intricate thinking to make any forward progress.
Some of the concrete spheres weigh up to 800 kg so this would require a group of people to pull the ropes in order for them to even shift.
Otobong Nkanga emphasizes on this through the presented sculptures of concrete spheres and soundtrack :
they comment and lament on the « weightiness » of the state of things in our modern society, asking the « WETIN YOU GO DO ? »  means in English : « WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ? »