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Otobong Nkanga

Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo

Otobong Nkanga, Contained Measures of Shifting States, 2012-18, detail of installation view at the Tanks, Tate Modern, London, UK. Courtesy: the artist and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo

Otobong Nkanga, Contained Measures of Shifting States, 2012-18, detail of installation view at the Tanks, Tate Modern, London, UK. Courtesy: the artist and Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo

Contained Measures of Shifting States

Otobong Nkanga’s performances, drawings, tapestries, photographs, videos and installations examine ideas around land and the value connected to natural resources. She explores the social and topographical changes of her environment, observes their inherent complexities and questions how resources and their potential values are subject to regional and cultural analysis.

'In terms of identity, the acceleration of information and the exchange of knowledge and cultures through goods, fashion and social media shifts our perception of the world. None of us exist in a static state. Identities are constantly evolving.' Otobong Nkanga

Contained Measures of Shifting States is an installation and performance piece in which viewers are invited to engage in a dialogue about the intangibility of identity, memory and perception. Two circular tables display a process of elements in constant movement, seen and experienced by the viewer as the elements undergo a shift from solid to liquid and from liquid to vapour.

Otobong Nkanga was born in 1974 in Kano, Nigeria. She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Recent exhibitions were held at the MCA, Chicago (2018); documenta14, Athens, Kassel; Tate Modern, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham (2016); M HKA, Antwerp; Portikus, Frankfurt; Lyon Biennial (2015); São Paulo Biennial; 8th Berlin Biennial (2014); and the Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013). Otobong Nkanga was awarded the Yanghyun Prize (2015) and the Belgian Art Prize (2017).

About Live at Frieze London 2018
Live is a platform for interactive installations and performances, presented by galleries.

Curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt (Samdani Art Foundation/Dhaka Art Summit), this year’s programme is entitled “Control ~” (“Control Tilde”) – a command on a computer keyboard that unlocks all formulas in a spreadsheet and thus makes them visible. Visitors will encounter works by international artists, drawing attention to unexpected connections and hidden formulas which impact wider social, political and economic realities.