News reaching us at TSA on Art Rotterdam 2016 shows Africa is not left out at the art fair which started on Wednesday 10th February at Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam, in The Netherlands.
Among featured artists, they have Nigeria-born Otobong Nkanga, a visual artist whose performance surrounds sculpture, drawing, painting, textiles, photography, and installation works. “Otobong Nkanga creates narratives in her art that dwells on Nostalgia, environment, and the postcolonial events taking root from Nigeria. Her works-on-paper reflect landscapes and objective forms that address the political and ecological impacts of Nigeria’s oil industry. These works also bring- in -view West African cultural artifacts, raising questions about the cultural value, notions of identity, the status of an African woman and peculiarities in Nigeria.”
In 2015, Yanghyun Foundation in Seoul awarded its Prize to Otobong Nkanga for the depth, body of work, and exploration of urgent socio-economic, political and environmental issues.
Otobong Nkanga’s work is currently showing at Art Rotterdam courtesy of Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam. This follows the solo show of Alterscapes: Playground Series by Nkanga at the same gallery between November 2015 and January 2016. She will also participate at the coming 20th Biennale of Sydney in Australia, scheduled for 18th March – 5th June, 2016. Lumen Travo also represents African artists Ibrahim Quraishi from Kenya and Meshac Gaba from Republic of Benin.
Art Rotterdam art fair is a platform for discovering young artists and new talents. The works this year spans across sculpture, figurative art, digital art and video, work on paper, construction and deconstruction, and contemporary conceptualism. This edition brings together more than 100 galleries into Netherland’s historic Van Nelle factory. The fair closes on Sunday 14th February, 2016.
Artist Image from Art radar Journal.
Ade Olakiitan, Intern / Art Reporter, The Sole Adventurer