Otobong Nkanga

  • Otobong Nkanga

  • Otobong Nkanga

    In a Place Yet Unknown, 2017

    Woven fabric, metal reservoir, ink, dye
    266 × 180 cm
    In Situ - fabienne leclerc, Paris

    Otobong Nkanga was born in 1974 in Nigeria. She lives and works in Antwerp.

    The presence of Otobong Nkanga in her work has been described by the critic Philippe Pirotte as a “self-effacing catalyst, an invisible hand that sets the artistic process in motio”. This notion is made most explicit in In A Place Yet Unknown, a tapestry that displays a poem by Otobong Nkanga, as well as the process of its composition. The end of the woven textile is dipped in ink, which over time rises through the tapestry.

    In a Place Yet Unknown grows through a process of chromatographic contamination, floating, to quote the work, in the place between stillness and motion ; solidity and fragility ; yesterday, today and tomorrow.

    © © Philippe De Gobert. Courtesy du BelgianArtPrize, de l’artiste et In Situ - fabienne leclerc


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