Otobong Nkanga
The Encounter That Took A Part Of Me

The sculptures, installations, performances, drawings and photographs by the Nigerian artist, Otobong Nkanga, examine ideas about land, cartography, the value attached to natural resources and environmental issues.

Nkanga collects human and natural traces left in objects and landscapes. These objects are poetically displayed on tables and built structures in such a way that they trigger memory, thought and emotion. This is idiosyncratic knowledge production: from political theory to philosophy, from sociology to the natural sciences.

The exhibition The Encounter That Took a Part of Me at Kunsthal Aarhus, co-produced with Nottingham Contemporary, England, will consist of two large installations. On show will be a new version of the installation and performance piece Taste of a Stone from the 2012 Sharjah Biennial and a new commission: an installation consisting of a large-scale wall drawing, a diptych tapestry and sculptural display structures.

Otobong Nkanga’s exhibition is co-produced by Nottingham Contemporary and Kunsthal Aarhus.

Image: Otobong Nkanga, The Encounter That Took a Part of Me, 2016. Exhibition view, Nottingham Contemporary. Photo by Stuart Whipps.

Exhibition period: 31 March -28 May 2017

Opening: 31 March 2017, 5 pm