The exhibition Craving for Southern Light by Otobong Nkanga (Kano, Nigeria, 1974) brings together a significant selection of her work from the last two decades and includes drawings, textiles, poems, sculptures, objects and performances, as well as a special installation for IVAM.
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The exhibition includes several series of drawings and a large tapestry that define a poetic and political iconography which have always accompanied the artist, showcasing her strength of evoking fiction through images which elicit memories of bodies, spaces and interconnected movements. Her figures put the action centre stage, evoke memories which speak of work, belonging and property: domestic and family scenes, but also conflicts. Diagrammatic drawings have been arranged in a series and incorporate her colour palette, acting as an origin for new scenes.
The museum is also home to a new work site-
In this setting we find a circular economy project with transformative production structures such as Carved to Flow (2017), a three-
The IVAM exhibition is accompanied by a detailed catalogue offering a comprehensive overview of her remarkable performances works. It includes essays by the curator, Nuria Enguita, texts by Pelin Tan and Clémentine Deliss, and also detailed insights into the pieces on display. This will be the first major publication on her work in Spanish.
Exhibition 13 July 2023 -
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Otobong Nkanga, Solid Maneuvers, 2023. Performance, Institut Valencià d’Art Modern