Otobong Nkanga (Kano, Nigeria, 1974) is an artist who sees the world as a succession of interconnected occurrences and superimposed layers. In her understanding, nothing happens if not in relation to the environment we live in or flee from, to our personal and political histories, our bodies and memories. This might be why she requires different artistic means to complete her broad understanding of the world. Using drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, installation and performance, Nkanga opens up the possibilities of complexity to synthesize an idea, life process or viewpoint that will define the present moment. Her position and practices are deep and poetic and never leave the viewer indifferent.
After a visit to her exhibition Craving for Southern Light (Anhelo de Luz del Sur) in conversation with the artist, Nkanga has proposed a calm encounter in which to analyse the processes, methodologies and urgent concerns in her work, exchanging knowledge and practices.