Otobong Nkanga


Installation view at Arsenale, 58th Biennale di Venezia (2019)

Recipient of 58th Biennale di Venezia prize (2019)

Solid Maneuvers, performance at MCA in Chicago (2018)

Solid Maneuvers, 2015

 In Pursuit of Bling – Indulgence, 2014

Documenta Athens, 2016

The Leftovers, 2017

Nottingham Contemporary, 2017

L’Air du Temps

Double Plot, 2018

Installation at Sharjah Biennial 2019

Installation at Sharjah Biennial 2019

Kano, Nigeria (1974)
Artist's website

RECENT SHOW: March- May 2010 "No Be Today Story O!"

Otobong Nkanga is a visual Artist and live performer born in Kano, Nigeria. She currently lives and works in Paris and Antwerp. Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and continued at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, 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. She has exhibited widely internationally.Recent shows include: I Am A Native Foreigner at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Manipulate the World at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2017) and To Dig A Hole That Collapses Again at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (2018), Artis Mundi in Cardiff (2019), May You Live In Interesting Times at Biennale di Venezia (2019). She participated in the Sharjah, Taipei, Dakar, Venice, São Paulo and Havanna Biennials.
Otobong Nkanga is the recipient of the 2019 Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme. She received a Special Mention at the 58th Venice Biennale for her ongoing exploration across media into the politics of land, body and time. Nkanga is also the recipient of the 2019 Ultimas-Flemish Prize for culture, of the Peter Weiss Prize (2019) and, with Emeka Ogboh, of the Sharjah Biennial 14 Prize. In 2015 she was awarded the Yanghyun Prize and in 2017 the Belgian Art Prize.