Otobong Nkanga was born in 1974, in Kano, Nigeria. She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. A visual artist and performer, Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and continued at the École Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. She was at the residency program at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In 2008, she obtained her Masters in the Performing Arts at Dasarts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Otobong Nkanga's drawings, installations, photographs and sculptures variously examine ideas around land and the value connected to natural resources.
Landversation Beirut is a solo exhibition by Otobong Nkanga that aims at initiating discussions and exchanges around the notion of land. The exhibition receives its title from a project that was originally presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Landversation, 2014), that will be adapted to Lebanon where it will explore and compare the complex relationship between the human subject and the land in Lebanon. The exhibition will include an on-site fresco and earlier and more recent photographic series by the artist. As part of this exhibition, curator Clémentine Deliss will discuss Otobong Nkanga’s engagement with the complexity and performativity of ethnographic collections. The title of the talk is "Performing collections: Otobong Nkanga and an anthropology of remediation" and it will be held on 30 March 2016 at 8pm.
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