Otobong Nkanga prompts us to think about our relationships to land and the extraction of the world’s natural resources. Her multi-disciplinary practice spans tapestries, drawings, photographs, installations, videos and performances that reflect on the environment and global systems of production and consumption. Her recent exhibition From Where I Stand explores the politics of land and its relationship to the body, histories of land acquisition and exploitation. From Where I Stand was initiated and curated by Anne Barlow, Director Tate St Ives. It has been re-presented for MIMA by the MIMA team.
Otobong Nkanga (born 1974 Kano, Nigeria) lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium and has over two decades of creating work connecting history through exploring the politics of colonialism and empire, land ownership and environmental damage, revealing themes that look at the relationship of bodies, land and natural resources.
Nkanga received a Special Mention at the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia and was awarded the 2015 Yanghyn prize, and, with Emeka Ogboh, the Sharjah Biennial 14 Prize and the 2017 Belgian Art Prize In 2019, Nkanga was the recipient of the Ultimass-Flemish Prize for culture and the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme.
Elinor Morgan is Head of Programme at MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art. Since 2008 she has curated residencies, exhibitions, public and education programmes across the UK working at institutions in Norwich, Cambridge, Birmingham and on independent projects in London. She has led and supported public art projects and developed freelance projects. She co-edited ‘The Constituent Museum’ (Valiz, 2018), a reader on how arts institutions might work differently with their publics. Elinor enjoys writing and editing essays, articles and reviews.