Otobong Nkanga

Biography

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

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

Selected solo exhibitions

2020

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

2019

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2012

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

2010

L' Édition Populaire #1, Vitrinegalerij, Antwerp, Belgium
No Be Today Story O!, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2009
Pointe Noire Fragments, Centre Culturel Français, Pointe Noire, République du Congo
Baggage 1972.2007/08, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland
Baggage 1972.2007, De Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Selected group exhibitions

2020

'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, The Netherlands
The Future is Female - Love Letters, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
Our World is Burning, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Construção, Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brazil
Seismic Movements, Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Amuse-Bouche. The Taste of Art, Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland
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
2019

2019

Every leaf is an eye (Varje löv är ett öga), Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden
Gaïa, que deviens tu?, Guerlain FIAC, Guerlain House, Paris, France
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, Belgium
Il était une fois le paysage - Parcours métropolitain d’art contemporain, Galerie de l’Usine Electrique, Allauch, France
Fragile Earth: seeds, weeds, plastic crust, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
IncarNations, African Art as Philosophy, Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), Brussels, Belgium
Homeless Souls, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humblebæk, Denmark
Hand Drawn, Action Packed, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, United Kingdom
Starke Stücke – Women artists from the collection of the FRAC, Metz, Stadt Galerie Saarbrücken, Saarbrücken, Germany
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, Italy (Honored with Special Mention Award)
Coexistence – Human, Animal and Nature in Kiasma’s Collections, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
13th Bienal de La Habana – La Construcción de lo Posible, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam, Havana, Cuba
Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (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, Canada
Salon de Peinture, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), Antwerp, Belgium
A World View, Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, Toowoomba, Australia
Hand Drawn, Action Packed, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow, United Kingdom
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, Australia

2018

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

2017

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

Artworks

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

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