Otobong Nkanga's 1st U.S. survey exhibition entitled, "To Dig a Hole that Collapses," at MCA Chicago, gets it's name from the "Green Hill." Located in Namibia, it's translation is "rare gem." Nkanga's work is influenced by these precious stones and how they are obtained through violent means.
This glimmer and shine the artist describes is the actual shine from the objects. She has studied the mining and the body takes center stage as that is the border between the field of mining.
Born in Nigeria, Nkanga's work reflects the exchange of ideas between the west and Africa. Now living in Antwerp, Nkanga focuses her work on this relationship with a variety of styles from performance, drawing, photography and large installations. Once again the minerals take center stage as she explores the transportation of these precious stones and the transformation of them to desired objects adorned on the body.
I found the survey different than the usual paintings or sculpture I see at the museum. The different installations and messages created a sense of Africa and this relationship of violent exchange between the western world. Plain and simple, people die for these precious gems and we continue to buy them without a back thought how they come into being.
BY ARTCOWO PRESS TEAM 2018
SOURCE: MCA CHICAGO WEBSITE, FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT
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