OTOBONG NKANGA CONSTELLATION TO APPEASE 2019
From Where I Stand was the first UK museum exhibition by artist Otobong Nkanga, whose work encompasses tapestry, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance
Otobong Nkanga: From Where I Stand was the first UK museum exhibition by artist Otobong Nkanga, whose work encompasses tapestry, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance and addresses the politics of land and its relationship to the body, as well as the complex and fraught histories of land acquisition and ownership. Nkanga’s works reflect on the processes and consequences of the extraction from the land of natural resources from ethical, human and material perspectives.
The exhibition featured several new works created especially for the show, including a wall painting, sculpture, and a performance Constellation to Appease 2019, produced by Nkanga in collaboration with local Cornish Bards and A Long Distance Collective, members of Tate Collective Producers, young people aged 15-25 and based in Cornwall. The performance took place on Porthmeor Beach and culminated in the galleries during the opening night of the exhibition.
Otobong Nkanga: From Where I Stand was presented at Tate St Ives from 21 September 2019 – 5 January 2020, and organised by Tate St Ives in association with MIMA, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.