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Otobong Nkanga – Underneath the Shade We Lay Grounded

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A healing look at the world through the eyes of award-winning artist Otobong Nkanga

In Underneath the Shade We Lay Grounded, Otobong Nkanga interweaves various forms of installations, sculptures, drawings, tapestries, performance and poetry to create sensory encounters and multi-layered intersections. Concepts such as identity, globalisation, transformation, exploitation of the landscape and raw materials as symbols for territory, power and conflict are central.

Catalogue of the exhibition of the same name at the Sint-Janshospitaal in Bruges from 25 June to 25 September 2022.

With text contributions by Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town, and Omar Kholeif, Director of Collections and Senior Curator at Sharjah Art Foundation. Michel Dewilde, curator of contemporary art at Bruges Museums, and Elisa Bonduel, who is attached to the faculty of medieval history at the University of Ghent, also wrote text contributions.


Otobong Nkanga
(b. 1974) is a visual and performance artist. She features on lists of today’s most promising artists worldwide and has built up an impressive track record, including exhibitions at Tate Modern in London, Biennale d’art contemporain in Lyon, M HKA in Antwerp, Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel and Kunsthaus Bregenz. Last year she won five awards, including the Pieter Weiss Prize.

  • 27,5 x 23 cm
  • C. 176 pages
  • Hardcover
  • Quadrichromy
  • Bilingual edition English-Dutch
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