Otobong Nkanga

Steel to Rust – Arrested


Digital print on fabric, rusted steel in artist frame

38,5 × 25,5 cm

Edition of 10 copies, signed and numbered by the artist on a certificate

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This edition is published by Nottingham Contemporary

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about this work

This unique edition is developed from Otobong Nkanga’s installation The Encounter That Took a Part of Me, 2016 – a work that explores the transformation processes of materials – and more specifically experiments with crystallization of a textile – which was part of her solo exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary.


about Otobong Nkanga

Otobong Nkanga’s work encompasses all types of media and motivations such as performance, photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video, with all the different works being thematically connected by architecture and landscape. As a human trace that testifies of ways of living and environmental issues, architecture and landscape act as a sounding board for narration and ‘the performative’. According to the artist herself, she uses her body and voice in live performances or in videos to become the protagonist in her work.

However, her presence serves mostly as a self-effacing catalyst, an invisible hand that sets the artistic process in motion. Nkanga negotiates the completion of the cycle of art between the aesthetic realm of display and a strategy of de-sublimation that repeatedly pushes the status of the artwork into contingency. In many of her works, Nkanga reflects metonymically on the use and cultural value connected to natural resources, exploring how meaning and function are relative within cultures, and revealing different roles and histories for the same products, particularly within the context of the artist’s autobiography and memories.

(courtesy of In Situ / Fabienne Leclerc)

Otobong Nkanga’s recent solo shows include Nottingham Contemporary; Kadist Foundation, Paris; Portikus, Frankfurt; M HKA, Antwerp; Stedelijk, Amsterdam; and Tate Modern, London. Nkanga will have a big solo exhibition at MCA, Chicago in 2018. Group shows include WIELS, Brussels; Moderna Museet, Stockolm; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Smithsonian, Washington DC; Kunsthal Charlottenbourg, Copenhagen; Bozar, Brussels; and Kunsthalle Bern. She also participated at the biennales of Gwangju, Lyon, Sydney and São Paulo – among others.

Otobong Nkanga’s work was recently shown at Documenta 14; and she was awarded the 2017 Belgian Art Prize at Bozar, Brussels.

Otobong Nkanga is represented by the following galleries;
click through to discover more of her work.

InSitu / Fabienne Leclerc, Paris

Lumen Travo, Amsterdam



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