Using not only sculpture, drawing and performance but also writing and pedagogical formats, Otobong Nkanga (Kano, Nigeria, 1974) analyses the notion of ‘earth’ as a geological and discursive formation. She often starts from the systems and procedures used locally to excavate raw materials, processing them technologically and distributing them on a global scale. From this point, she follows the threads that bind together the minerals, material culture and the construction of desire with the redistribution of power and knowledge.
Nkanga’s monographic exhibition will include drawings, installations, photographs, sculptures and performances through which the artist examines our social and topographical relationship with our everyday environment. By exploring the notion of earth as a place of non-belonging, Nkanga provides an alternative significance to social ideas of identity. She also shows the inherent complexities of natural resources and their potential values in order to provoke narratives or histories related to earth.
Stones, cloths and plants are other materials that Otobong Nkanga uses in her installations, permitting her to speak of the earth and the people who inhabit it. The works are always intended metaphorically as symbols of the global system, involving images of migration, transformation, appropriation and loss.
The artist will carry out a site-specific project for Gallery 1 at the IVAM.
C/ de Guillem de Castro, 118
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