When looking across the sea, do you dream ?

par Philippe  -  1 Septembre 2021, 08:18

When looking across the sea, do you dream ?

Exhibition of Otobong Nkanga at the Villa Arson, Stephen Liégeard avenue 20, 06105 Nice Cedex 2, daily open except Tuesdays (2pm - 6pm), phone : 04.92.07.73.73, admission free.

 

The artist from Nigeria Otobong Nkanga takes the control of the Arson Art Center for an exhibition where she gives an intimistic reading of her inner life. Underlined in many artistic institutions (Pompidou Center, Tate Modern, Kunst Werke, ...) she builds a work around three directions. First highlighting identity. Second talking about African women and third dealing with the Nigerian particularisms. "When looking across the sea, do you dream ?" stays as an invitation for going inside the Otobong Nkanga's life owning feelings, desires, and child dreams. This inner walking is materialized when the artist proposes kola to the visitors. Kola is a loving nuts helping dialog and when it is connected the visitors can ask questions to the artist. Otobong Nkanga exhibits also her feelings inside the last exhibition room. There she has recorded the sentence "Wetin you go dou ? Oya Na" (Qu'est-ce que tu vas faire ? Vas - y !) hearing by the visitors like a kind of mantra helping him understanding better the artist feelings. Otobong Nkanga gives a potent part to earth and to the link between earth and human being. She rejects the overexploitation of earth and follows the purpose to build a more peaceful world.

 

 

Otobong Nkanga "Double Plot" (2021).

Otobong Nkanga "Double Plot" (2021).

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