Otobong Nkanga

Otobong Nkanga, Facing the Opponent, Version II. exhibition view 'TRADING STYLE – Weltmode im Dialog', Weltkulturen Museum 2012.
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Otobong Nkanga is a visual Artist and live performer born in 1974 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. Since 2013 she attempts the Berliner  Künstlerprogramm des DAAD (Artists-in Berlin Program of the German Academic Exchange Service.




Galerie in situ-Fabienne Leclerc, Paris, France
Landversation Beirut, Beirut Art Center, Liban
Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, Pays Bas

IN SITU – Otobong Nkanga: Bruises and Lustre, M HKA, Antwerpen, Belgium
Otobong Nkanga: Comot Your Eyes Make I Borrow You Mine, Kadist Foundation, Paris, France
Otobong Nkanga: Crumbling Through Powdery Air, Portikus, Frankfurt a.M., Germany
Otobong Nkanga: Tracing Confessions, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Unisono 28 : Otobong Nkanga – Taste of a stone, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, Hollande

Across the Board: Politics of Representation, performance and installation piece “Contained Measures of Shifting States”, Tate Modern, The Tanks, London, United Kingdom.
However Long the Night, The Dawn Will Break, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Contained Measures of Tangible Memories: Indigo Regina, L’appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco.

The Western Syndrome, (with Pirkle Jones), La Bank Gallery, Paris, France.

No Be Today Story O! Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (With artist book and special editions)
L’edition Populaire #1, Vitrine Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium.

Pointe Noire Fragments, Centre Culturel Français, Pointe-Noire, Congo.
Diagonal Views, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem, The Netherlands.

Smokescreen, Fokus 2, (with Jens Haaning)Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Germany. (With artist book).
On Fragile Grounds, Window Gallery and Objectif_exhibitions as part of “CLOSE READING #3”, Antwerp, Belgium. 2002 Classicism & Beyond, Fotofest 2002, Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas, USA. (With catalogue).



El Iris de Lucy, MUSAC MUSEUM, Castilla y Léon, Spain

La vie moderne, 13e Biennale de Lyon, France
Frieze, New York, USA
ARCO Madrid, Spai

Animism, Ashkal Alwan/Home Workspace, Beirut, Lebanon. (With catalogue).
Foreign Exchange/Ware & Wissen (or the stories you wouldn’t tell a stranger, Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. (With catalogue).
31st Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil
Diaspore, 14 Rooms, Basel, Switzerland
8th Berlin Biennale, Germany

EARTH MATTERS: LAND AS MATERIAL AND METAPHOR IN THE ARTS OF AFRICA, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian, Washington DC, USA.
Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; Ja Natuurlijk, Gemeente Museum, Den Haag, The Netherlands.

SHUFFLING CARDS – MOUVEMENT ALÉATOIRE DES CARTES, Galerie des Grands Bains Douches de la Plaine, Marseille, France
50 DAYS AT SEA, Antwerp Pavilion, Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai, China

Don’t/Panic, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa.
Connect, Group exhibition Rijksakademie Alumni, with Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Altered Landscape, Photographs of a Changing Environment, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, USA. (With catalogue). MärklinWorld, Kunsthalle KAdE, Amersfoort, The Netherlands. (With catalogue).
The Collectors Show, part of Vanuit Hier – Out of Here, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
L’inattendu du Tout Monde, Un Hommage a Goddy Leye, L’appartement 22, Rabat, invited by Art-O-Rama, Marseille, France.All We Ever Wanted, Center of Contemporary Arts, Lagos, Nigeria.
Summer Show, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Outre Mesures et Programmes Radio (Maps, Timelines, Radio Programmes), La Galerie Contemporary Art Center, Noisy-le-Sec, France. (With exhibition guide).
Faites Commes Chez Vous, Raw Material Company, A center for art, knowledge and society. Dakar, Senegal.
ARS 11, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland. (With catalogue).
Africa, Objects and Subjects, Centro de Expositiones Fernan Gomez, Madrid, Spain.

Sentences on the Banks and Other Activities, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan.
World Festival of Black Arts and Culture, Dakar, Senegal.
Body Language, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The Production of Space, The Studio Museum Harlem, New York, USA.
Unfixed, CBK (Center for Contemporary Arts Dordrecht), Dordrecht, The Netherlands.
FIAC, with Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, Grand Palais and Louvre, Paris, France
There Is Always A Cup Of Sea To Sail In, 29th Biennial of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (With catalogue). Make Yourself at Home, Kunsthal Charlottenbourg, Copenhagen, Denmark. (With catalogue).
Africa, Objects and Subjects, Palacio Revillagigedo, Gijon, Spain. (With catalogue).
A Proposal For Articulating Works and Places (Part 2), Riso Museo d’Arte Contemporanea della Sicilia, Palermo, Italy. Whose Map Is It? INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts), Rivington Place, London, United Kingdom.
Common Ground, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Amsterdam Art Fair, with Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Animism, Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland. (With catalogue).
Une Aiguille dans une Botte de Foin, Printemps des Poètes, Museé du Quai Branly, Paris, France.
Animism, Extra City Kunsthal and M HKA Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen, Belgium. (With catalogue).

A Delicate Touch, Watercolors from the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum Harlem, New York, USA. AIM International Biennale 3rd Edition, Marrakech, Morocco.
Autres Mesures, Centre Photographique Ile de France, Pontault-Combault, France.
Art Brussels, 27th Contemporary Art Fair, Nomad Moba Gallery, Brussels, Belgium.
This is Now 2, L’Appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco. Dossier Otobong Nkanga

Re/Presentaciones: Ellas, Casa Africa, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Island, Spain. (With catalogue). This is Now 1, L’appartement22, Rabat, invited to the 1st Johannesburg Art Fair, South Africa.
Delight, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Flow, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, USA. (With catalogue).
Snap Judgments, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (With catalogue). Snap Judgments, Brooks Museum of Arts, Memphis, USA. (With catalogue).

Africa Remix, Contemporary Art of a Continent, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. Simmels Gelijk, Over het IJ Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Allan Kaprow, Kunst Als Leben, Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland.
Snap Judgments, The National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada. (With catalogue).
Snap Judgments, Tamayo Museum, Mexico city, Mexico. (With catalogue).

Snap Judgments, Miami Art Central, Miami, USA. (With catalogue).
De Grote Oversteek, Stedelijk Museum, Zwolle, The Netherlands. (With catalogue).
Shared History/Decolonising the Image, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Generique, Galerie 14, Paris, France.
There & Back, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain. (With catalogue).
One Game – Many Worlds, Football in inter-cultural comparison, Münchner Stadtmuseum. Munich, Germany. Snap Judgments, International Center of Photography, New York, USA. (With catalogue).
Africa Remix, Zeitgenössische Kunst eines Kontinents, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. (With catalogue).

Belonging, Sharjah International Biennial 7, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. (With catalogue).
North /South Lab, Tanzquartier, Vienna, Austria.
Africa Remix, Zeitgenössische Kunst eines Kontinents, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. (With catalogue). Africa Remix, Zeitgenössische Kunst eines Kontinents, Hayward Gallery, London. (With catalogue)

Flying Circus Project, TheatreWorks Ltd, Singapore.
Do You Believe in Reality?, Taipei Biennial, Taiwan. (With catalogue).
Free Territory, 26th Sao Paulo biennial, Sao Paulo, Brazil. (With catalogue).
Flash Right, Turn Left, Artwalk, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Africa Remix, Zeitgenössische Kunst eines Kontinents Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany. (With catalogue).
Women Artist, No 4, Peter Hermann Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
Epifyten, De Klassieke Hortus als Voedingsbodem voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (With catalogue).

El Arte Con La Vida, VIII Biennale de la Habana, Havana, Cuba. (With catalogue).
MIP, International Performance Manifestation, CEIA, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Transferts, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium. (with catalogue).
Shift and Wait, Collaborative work with Le Petit Jaunais Edition House. Maison de la Loire, Paris, France.

Awaiting Pleasures, Open Ateliers, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Classicism & Beyond, Fotofest 2002, Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas, USA. (With catalogue). Observatorio # 3, Casa Camouflage, Brussels, Belgium.
Dak’Art 2002, 5th Biennale of African Contemporary Art, Dakar, Senegal. (with catalogue).
Rond Point, La Halle de Gombe, Kinshasa, RDCongo.
Observatorio # 1, Casa Camouflage, Brussels, Belgium.
Made In Africa Fotografia, Biennale di Fotografia Africana/ Sparzio Oberdan, Milan, Italy. (With catalogue). En Direct De Bamako, Galerie Photo Fnac Etoile, Paris, France.
Dessins XXL, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France. (With catalogue).

Memoires Intimes D’un Nouveau Millenaire, IV Biennale de la Photographie Africaine, Bamako, Mali. (With catalogue). Infamous Labels No 10, Bateau Phare collaborating with The Research program, ENSBA, Paris, France.