Using a variety of methodologies, materials, and techniques, the works of Otobong Nkanga (Kano, Nigeria, 1974) address urgent issues related to the ecological crisis and the environment, the exploitation of resources and sustainability, also delving deep into the consequences of colonialism and its repercussions on the social fabric. On the occasion of Artissima, Marcella Beccaria, will present the catalog published on the occasion of Nkanga’s solo exhibitions When Looking Across the Sea, Do You Dream? at Villa Arson Nice and Of Cords Curling around Mountains at Castello di Rivoli.
In addition to unpublished poems by the artist, this book includes new essays by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Marcella Beccaria, and an interview with the artist by Éric Mangion. The catalogue documents the two exhibitions with entries on all the artworks and installation views. It also includes a scholarly chronology covering the artist’s exhibition history from her debut in 1995 up to the present. The anthology contains seminal essays by Anne Barlow, Okwui Enwezor, Natasha Ginwala, Emanuele Guidi, Nav Haq, M. Neelika Jayawardane, Mwenya B. Kabwe, Omar Kholeif, Yvette Mutumba, Bonaventure Ndikung, Philippe Pirotte, Stephanie Rosenthal, Jérôme Sans, Bisi Silva, Danielle Tilkin, and Helen Welford.
Speakers: Marcella Beccaria (Vice Director, Chief Curator and Curator of the Collection at Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea) and Otobong Nkanga (Artist)