Otobong Nkanga

From 24 September 2021 to 30 January 2022

The Castello di Rivoli is organizing a personal exhibition dedicated to the artist Otobong Nkanga (Kano, Nigeria, 1974), which will open next June, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Marcella Beccaria and Marianna Vecellio.

One of the most important contemporary artists, Nkanga tackles urgent issues related to the ecological crisis and the environment, the exploitation of resources and sustainability, exploring the stories of colonialism, its repercussions on the social fabric, and new forms of material art.

The exhibition is conceived as a large site-specific project, designed for the galleries of the Castello. Designing an unprecedented landscape, the installation includes large irregularly-shaped rugs inspired by minerals, such as quartz and malachite, whose healing properties have been known since ancient times. Long hand-woven cords will culminate in sculptural objects and elements, both organic and handcrafted, endowing the work with a performative and relational component.

The exhibition is part of a collaboration project with the Center National d’Art Contemporain in Villa Arson, Nice which, from June 12, will present the first solo exhibition in France dedicated to Otobong Nkanga.

On the occasion of the exhibition, Castello di Rivoli and Villa Arson will publish a scientific catalog with new essays and interviews by the curators, images of the works on display in the two institutions and a rich anthology of multidisciplinary texts.

From 24 September 2021 to 30 January 2022