Otobong Nkanga: There’s No Such Thing as Solid Ground

10 July to 13 December 2020

Otobong Nkanga’s interest lies in the complex relationship between humans and land. In her works, she explores this relationship within the tension between exploitative extraction processes and structures of care and repair. Following her one-year stay as In House: Artist in Residence 2019 at the Gropius Bau, a solo exhibition will offer insights into the central issues of her work.

Otobong Nkanga, Solid Maneuvers, 2015

Otobong Nkanga, Solid Maneuvers, 2015. Various metals, Forex, acrylic, tar, salt, make-up, vermiculite, Dimensions variable
Installation view Crumbling Through Powdery Air, Portikus, 2015

Photo: Helena Schlichting, courtesy: Portikus

Workshops and guided tours of the exhibition
All dates

Carved to Flow: Germination – with Nuno Vasconcelos
Wed, Thu, Fri: 14:00–18:00 (work space on the ground floor)
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Otobong Nkanga evokes the idea that the human body and the landscape on which it moves are interdependent. Based on extensive research and the interweaving of various media such as drawing, installation and performance, she traces the movement of minerals, goods and people in order to explore in depth economic and ecological processes. In her work, she also investigates the differing meanings ascribed to natural resources in various cultures and the violent relationship on which their extraction and further processing is based – thus challenging traditional ways of thinking.

Within the scope of the exhibition There’s No Such Thing as Solid Ground, Otobong Nkanga has adapted her work Diaspore to reflect the specific context of the presentation at the Gropius Bau in Berlin. Originally conceived as a performative work, Diaspore is now shown as a site-specific installation. More information

Curated by Stephanie Rosenthal with Clara Meister

Funded by

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Part of Berlin Art Week
Kindly supported by the Flemish Community, Freifrau Manufaktur
Partners: Wall, Bouvet
Media partners: Berlin Art Link, Exberliner, Missy Magazine, KubaParis