For her solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus in Bregenz (Austria), Otobong Nkanga presents works that have been created in dialogue with the building’s architecture as well as the region and its industrial history. Otobong Nkanga’s exhibition tells the (hi)story of the elements earth and water.
Nkanga uses the four floors of the museum as if they were different levels of the sea, so that the visitor experiences different installations. Otobong Nkanga calls them “Abyss” (ground floor), “Midnight”, “Twilight”, and “Sunlight” (third floor). Each floor features a large-scale tapestry depicting the entanglement between land and ocean. They represent the depths of the sea, the seasons, and climatic zones. There’s also a tree trunk that appears to penetrate the floors of the Kunsthaus. The ascent through the Kunsthaus Bregenz also becomes a journey through the exploitation of nature, but one on which there are also islands of hope.
This video provides you with an exhibition walk-through on the occasion of the exhibition opening on October 22, 2021. The exhibition runs until February 6, 2022. Video courtesy of Vernissage TV.