Otobong Nkanga has established herself in the last few years as a prominent contemporary artist. Her work has been seen in major solo shows, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018), the Martin-Gropius Bau in Berlin (2020) and Kunsthaus Bregenz (2021). She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions, such as documenta 14 (2017) and the Venice Biennale (2019). Since 2022 she has been represented in the Fondation Beyeler collection with four large-format tapestries.
In her work, Nkanga visualises the interconnectedness of water and earth and how these elements are brought out of balance by humans. The art edition she has created exclusively for this evening, consisting of three enamel underplates, takes up this universal theme. In their form and artistic composition, the three different designs call to mind topographical maps that lend expression to the cycle of water connecting all things. Thus water is seen first of all falling from the sky (Gift), then as flowing energy that runs through the land, fostering growth everywhere (Flow), and lastly as the water that nourishes the seeds deep in the earth (Seed).
With the purchase of one of Nkanga's signed and numbered art editions, 50% of the proceeds of the sale go to the "Carved to Flow Foundation", which represents the artist's passionate commitment to art, the environment, and the community.
|Set of 3 enamel underplates
|Each ca. 50 × 32 cm
|Enamel on steel
|Signed, titled and numbered verso