February 1st, 2021

Otobong Nkanga at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

Artist: Otobong Nkanga

Venue: Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden

Exhibition Title: Uncertain Where The Next Wind Blows

Date: November 1, 2020 – May 23, 2021

Curated By: Tone Hansen and Karen Monica Reini

Note: wall texts from the exhibition are available here and here.

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Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.


Courtesy of the artist and Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Høvikodden. Photos by Christian Tunge.

Press Release:

Opening November 13, the exhibition will present a broad spectrum of Otobong Nkanga’s (b. 1974) oeuvre, showing almost 70 works created within the last 20 years. The majority of the works are from the last decade. Nkanga’s drawings, installations, tapestries, photographs, sculptures and performances explore the complex impact of humanity’s history and presence on our nature and landscape. Through her use of a great variety of artistic mediums, Nkanga often begins her exploration through the study of resource extraction, manufacture and circulation.

It is with great honor that, with the generous support of the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award, Henie Onstad presents the first exhibition with Otobong Nkanga in Norway. Nkanga is an artist with strong presence in all aspects of her work, and it will be a pleasure to show her work with the exhibition onsite, says Tone Hansen, Director of Henie Onstad.

The exhibition will premiere two new works, Revelations (2020) and After We Are Gone (2020), both tapestries. In addition, works such as Carved to Flow (2017), which was first presented at dokumenta 14, Steel to Rust (2016), and drawings initially shown at the Venice Biennale in 2019, will be presented.

Nkanga is the inaugural recipient of the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme, established by the Lise and Arne Wilhelmsen family in collaboration with Henie Onstad. With an award sum of $ 100,000, an exhibition budget as well as acquisitions to the collection of Henie Onstad, the Award is among the more significant art award programmes internationally.

The exhibition will be followed by an extensive catalogue featuring poems by Otobong Nkanga, a conversation between Carolyn Christov Bakargiev and Nkanga, new essays by Diana Campbell Betancourt and Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, as well as an introductory essay by the curators.

Link: Otobong Nkanga at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter

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