Weekend Passport: Otobong Nkanga at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Infinite Yield
Otobong Nkanga, Infinite Yield, 2015. © Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp. Courtesy of Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam and Galerie In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Paris. MCA
Infinite Yield
Otobong Nkanga, Infinite Yield, 2015. © Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp. Courtesy of Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam and Galerie In Situ – Fabienne Leclerc, Paris. MCA

Weekend Passport: Otobong Nkanga at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Born in Kano, Nigeria, Otobong Nkanga is an Antwerp-based visual and performance artist. Her works use various forms of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video and installation. In 2015, she received the Yanghyun Prize. Her newest exhibition, “To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again,” is currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA). The exhibition is organized by the Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives at the MCA, Omar Kholeif. Nkanga is “fascinated” with what she has refers to as “glimmer” and “shine,” the surface qualities of natural resources, such as mica, a mineral that is used in makeup and turned into an object of seduction," the MCA website explains. 

Nkanga joins Worldview to discuss her work and current exhibit. We’re also joined by global citizen Nari Safavi. He has firsthand experience in ethical extraction. He’ll also tip us off to other ways to have a international good time this weekend!