Otobong Nkanga reflects on the politics of land and body through tapestry, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance. Her work engages with the difficult histories of land acquisition and ownership, as well as the processes and consequences of the extraction of natural resources.
This ongoing exploration into the transformation of minerals into desirable commodities – including the use of mica in make-up to give glimmer and shine – is a commentary on the value placed on material culture, often at the expense of the environment.
Video courtesy of Tate St Ives.
Otobong Nkanga: From Where I Stand is at Tate St Ives until 5 January 2020: https://bit.ly/2m4AXRd