Otobong Nkanga was recently award the prestigious new Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award, a Norwegian prize for international mid-career sculptors and painters, developed in partnership with the Lise and Arne Wilhelmsen family and the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter. She is currently the Artist-in-Residence at Gropius Bau, undertaking her exploration of natural resources and economic and ecological processes as part of their ongoing ‘In House’ residency programme. The Nigerian-born, Antwerp-based artist is known for her complex and timely studies of soil and earth and how these materials reveal historical and political structures. We visited Otobong Nkanga in her studio space at Gropius Bau in Berlin to talk about the relationship between the body and the landscape, as well as the importance of generosity and community to her practice.
Video produced by Monica Salazar Video filmed & edited by Peter Cairns
Video by MONA produced for the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter