In recent years, Otobong Nkanga has emerged as an outstanding contemporary artist. Her work has been shown in major solo exhibitions at institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018), Berlin’s Gropius Bau (2020) and the Kunsthaus Bregenz in 2021. She has also participated in numerous international exhibitions such as documenta 14 (2017) and the Venice Biennale (2019). The Fondation Beyeler collection acquired a number of her works in 2022, including four large-format tapestries.

Born in 1974 in Kano, Nigeria, Otobong Nkanga began her art studies at Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and later continued her studies in Paris at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. She has been artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2002–2004) and she finished her Masters in the Performing Arts at DasArts, Advanced Research in Theatre and Dance Studies, Amsterdam (2005–2008). Furthermore, she has been artist-in-residence at the DAAD, Berlin (2014) and at the Gropius Bau, Berlin (2019). Nkanga lives and works in Antwerp.

Artist Talks is a programme organised by the Fondation Beyeler and UBS in which internationally renowned contemporary artists speak about their work. The talks have an open, dynamic format and range from traditional artist talks to moderated conversations between artists and prominent figures from the art world. The Artist Talks are held at the Fondation Beyeler in Riehen/Basel and at other art institutions in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the USA.

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