Otobong Nkanga


Otobong Nkanga
°Kano, Nigeria, 1974
Lives and works in Antwerp

Otobong Nkanga
°Kano, Nigeria, 1974
Lives and works in Antwerp

Selected solo exhibitions


Underneath the Shade We Lay Grounded, Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges
Togethering, Galerie In Situ, Fabienne Leclerc, Romainville, France


Otobong Nkanga, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
Of Cords Curling Around Mountains, Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli-Torino
Otobong Nkanga solo, Gallery Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo
When Looking Across the Sea, do you Dream?, Villa Arson, Nice
Lingering on the Rim, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam


Otobong Nkanga, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Germany
From Where I Stand, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough, United Kingdom


Acts at the Crossroads, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Cape Town, South Africa
From Where I Stand, Tate St Ives, Saint Ives, United Kingdom


'A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall', ar/ge kunst, Bolzano, IT
'To Dig a Hole that Collapses Again', MCA Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
'Transition', Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, BE


'The Breath from Fertile Grounds', Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Dublin, IE
'Wetin You Go Do?', The Tanks at Tate Modern, Blavatnik Building, London, UK
'The Encounter That Took a Part of Me', Kunsthal Aarhus, Aarhus, DK


'The Encounter That Took a Part of Me', Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, United Kingdom
'Cracks Around The Corner', Galerie In Situ Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, FR
'MATRIX 260', University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), Berkeley, USA
'Landversation Beirut', Beirut Art Center, Beirut, LB


'Fragments', Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
'Diaoptasia', Tate Modern, London, UK
'Bruises and Lustre', Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), Antwerp, BE
'Comot Your Eyes Make I Borrow You Mine', Kadist Art Foundation FR, Paris, FR
'Crumbling Through Powdery Air', Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, DE
'Taste of a Stone', Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
'Tracing Confessions', Museum Folkwang, Essen, DE


'However long the night, the dawn will break', Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
'Contained Measures of Tangible Memories: Indigo Regina', L'appartement 22, Rabat, MA


'L' Édition Populaire #1', Vitrinegalerij, Antwerp, BE
'No Be Today Story O!', Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, NL


'Pointe Noire Fragments', Centre Culturel Français, Pointe Noire, COD
'Baggage 1972.2007/08', Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, CH
'Baggage 1972.2007', De Appel, Amsterdam, NL

Selected group exhibitions


'L'heure bleue', Gallery Sofie Van de Velde & PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp, BE
'Stories and Poems - Otobong Nkanga, Thierry Oussou and Daniel de Paula', Amsterdam Art Gallery at Capital C, Amsterdam, NL
'The Future is Female - Love Letters', CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, NL
'Our World is Burning', Palais de Tokyo, Paris, FR
'Construção', Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, BR
'Seismic Movements', Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, BD
'Amuse-Bouche. The Taste of Art,' Museum Tinguely, Basel, CH
'Black Refractions – Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem', Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, USA
'Black Refractions – Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem', Frye Art Museum, Seattle, USA
'Black Refractions – Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem', Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA), Salt Lake City, USA


'Every leaf is an eye' (Varje löv är ett öga), Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, SE
'Gaïa, que deviens tu?', Guerlain FIAC, Guerlain House, Paris, FR
'Black Refractions – Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem', Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, USA
'Art & Diplomacy', Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kingdom Belgium, Egmont Palace, Brussels, BE
'Il était une fois le paysage - Parcours métropolitain d’art contemporain,' Galerie de l’Usine 'Electrique', Allauch, FR
'Fragile Earth: seeds, weeds, plastic crust', Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough, UK
'IncarNations', African Art as Philosophy, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, BE
'Homeless Souls', Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk, DK
'Hand Drawn', Action Packed, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, UK
'Starke Stücke – Women artists from the collection of the FRAC', Metz, Stadt Galerie Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken, DE
'Black Refractions – Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, USA
'May you live in interesting times', 58th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, IT (Honored with Special Mention Award)
'Coexistence – Human, Animal and Nature in Kiasma’s Collections', Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, FIN
'13th Bienal de La Habana – La Construcción de lo Posible', Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, CU
'Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber', Sharjah, ARE (Otobong Nkanga with Emeka Ogboh Named Winners of 2019 Sharjah Biennial Prize)
'Perilous Bodies', Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, USA
'Salle de Maquettes', Galerie de l’UQAM, Montreal, CA
'Salon de Peinture', Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), Antwerp, BE
'A World View', Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, AUS
'Hand Drawn', Action Packed, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, UK
'Black Refractions – Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem', The Museum of the 'African Diaspora', San Francisco, USA
'A World View', Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie, AUS


'Hand Drawn', Action Packed, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK
'Cultural Threads, Textiles as a tool for socio-political reflection', Textiel Museum, Tilburg, NL
'Artes Mundi 8', National Museum Cardiff, UK
'Laid Bare in the Landscape', Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, USA
'A World View, Cairns Art Gallery', Cairns City, AUS
'Hand Drawn, Action Packed', St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust c/o Verulamium Museum, Albans, UK
'A World View', Gold Cast City Gallery, Gold Coast, AUS
'Propositions #6', Basis Voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht, NL
'Cosmogonies, au gré des éléments', Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain (MAMAC), Nice, FR
'Talisman In The Age Of Difference', Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK
'Take Me (I'm Yours)', Villa Médicis - Académie de France à Rome, Rome, IT
'Propositions #5', Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels, BE
'First Person Plural', Basis Voor Actuele Kunst, Utrecht, NL
'General Rehearsal', Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, RU
'A World View,' Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, Townsville, AUS
'Blind Faith', Haus Der Kunst, Munich, DE
'Artefact 2018', STUK – House for Dance, Leuven, BE
'20 years NICC' Jubilee, NICC, Antwerp, BE
'Nous ne sommes pas le nombre que nous croyons être', Bétonsalon, Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris, FR
'Naturel pas Naturel', Palais Fesch/Musée des Beaux-Arts, Ajaccio, Corsica, FR


'A World View', Gladstone Regional Gallery & Museum, Gladstone, AUS
'Ouvert la Nuit', Villa Médicis, Rome, IT
'Ecce Homo-Zie de mens', Sint-Joriskerk, Antwerp, BE
'Take Me (I’m Yours)', Pirelli Hangarbicocca, Milan, IT
'Manipulate the World', Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE
'Dada Africa', Musée de L’Orangerie, Paris, FR
'Propositions #1: What we Mean', Utrecht, NL
'Être pierre', Musée Zadkine, Paris, FR
'I am a native foreigner', Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NL
'Musée en Œuvre(s)', Centre Pompidou, Paris, FR
'Lives Between', Rachel & Israel Pollak Gallery, Tel Aviv, ISR
'Action!', Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, CH
'Documenta 14', Kassel, DE
'The Collection', Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, BE
'M HKA Heropent', Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp, BE
'Envision 2116, Shanghai Project Phase 2 - Seeds of Time', Shanghai Himalayas Museum, Shanghai, CN
'Tous, des sang-mêlés', Musée D’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-Sur-Seine, FR
'The Absent Museum', Wiels Centre D’Art Contemporain, Brussels, BE
'Dialogues, Manifesta – The European Biennial of Contemporary Art', Amsterdam,NL
'Neither.', Mendes Wood DM, Brussels, BE
'Documenta 14', Athens, GR
'Beautiful Africa', La Galerie du 5e, Marseille, FR
'Kairos Castle', Kasteel Van Gaasbeek, Gaasbeek, BE
'Belgian Art Prize 2017', BOZAR Palais des Beaux-Arts / Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels, BE
'L’île aux Mythes, Souvenir de Mwene Mutapa', La Box, Ecole nationale supérieure d'art de Bourges, Bourges, FR
'Colori', Castello Di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli, IT
'Contour Biennale 8 - Polyphonic worlds: Justice as medium,' Mechelen, BE
'Lives Between', Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco, USA
'When the Heavens Meet the Earth', The Heong Gallery, Cambridge, UK
'Stimulants: Circulation and Euphoria', Tabakalera, San Sebastian, ES
'En toute modestie', Musée International Des Arts Modestes, Sète, FR
'El Iris de Lucy', CAAM, Las Palmas, ES


Otobong Nkanga
Alterscapes: Playground E, 2015
Edition 4/7
50 x 67 cm

Otobong Nkanga
Alterscapes: Playground D, 2015
Edition 6/7
50 x 67 cm