In Pursuit of Bling
- 182 x 180 cm (The Transformation) 190 x 180 cm (The Discovery)
- Courtesy In Situ Gallery - Fabienne Leclerc, Paris
Otobong Nkanga's installations, photographs, drawings and sculptures question the notion of territory and the value accorded to natural resources.
The Discovery and The Transformation are large tapestries from a series of works made in 2014 under the title: In the Pursuit of Bling.
The artist traces the processing of mica, a shiny and friable mineral used in the composition of objects, both useful and commercial. She considers it a precious stone tossed from the miner's hands to the consumer's, dissolved by industrialists into products without nobility. It is emerging as a kind of geopolitics of natural resources, a history of people in the chain of transformation of raw materials.
Otobong Nkanga, born in 1974 in Kano, Nigeria, is a visual artist and performer based in Paris and Antwerp. Her work explores notions of identity, the status of African women and the cultural particularities of Nigeria, her country of origin. His work has been presented in numerous institutions including the Pompidou Centre (Paris), the Tate Modern (London), the Kunst-Werke (de) (Berlin), the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the Sharjah Biennale (Sharjah). In 2015, she won the Yanghyun Prize.read more