In Conversation: Otobong Nkanga

31 Mar 2021

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Wed, 31 Mar
18:00 – 19:30

Timezone: Europe/London

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Hosted by: MIMA - Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

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To mark the end of her exhibition with MIMA, we host an in-depth discussion with artist Otobong Nkanga. Nkanga and MIMA Curators Elinor Morgan and Helen Welford discuss artworks and themes in the exhibition From Where I Stand.


Nkanga examines relationships between people and land through our consumption of natural resources. Her works reveal complex economic and political systems, histories of land ownership and exploitation.

A filmed walk-through of the exhibition at MIMA will be followed by an artist talk focusing on selected key works from the exhibition. This will be followed by an in conversation between Otobong Nkanga and Elinor Morgan with invited questions.

Nkanga was born in Kano, Nigeria in 1974 and today lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Nkanga’s practice encompasses sculpture and video installations; weaving; photography; painting and drawing to investigate the interdependencies of people, land and communities. Nkanga has exhibited in a range of international museums and biennials and in 2019 received the inaugural Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award, supporting artists who focus on social justice. Nkanga was jointly awarded the 2019 Sharjah Biennial Prize with artist Emeka Ogboh for their collaborative project Aging Ruins Dreaming Only to Recall the Hard Chisel from the Past.

The event will be BSL interpreted and captioned.

From Where I Stand initiated and curated by Anne Barlow, Director Tate St Ives and reimagined for MIMA by the MIMA team.


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