Otobong Nkanga, Visual and Performance Artist
Landversation Beirut is a project by Otobong Nkanga presented at the Beirut Art Center until April 10th, 2016. Originally presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Landversation 2014), this adapted version of the project sets out to explore and compare the complex relationship between the human subject and land in Lebanon.
The exhibition’s stage is installed with a table that will be occupied by individuals with a deep connection to Land. Each participant, whether an archaeologist, a farmer or someone engaging in a land-related industrial activity, will contribute to this theme of sharing a relationship to the Land. The table will provide a platform for meetings and conversations among those individuals and the visiting public who may also share a story about this same land : whether cultivating it, developing laws that organise it, or protecting public spaces.
Landversation Beirut deals with the contradictory ways in which we inhabit the earth and are dependent on it. By availing ourselves of and profiting from this planet’s abundant fertility we haphazardly contribute to its exhaustion, thereby creating huge imbalances that undermine its ability to continue.
In response to this destruction we constantly look for palliatives, measures to repair and negate the very damage we have forced upon it.
This exhibition seeks to provide a space to sit for a moment and reflect, a space to consider the various possibilities surrounding this ever-complex relationship and perhaps, most important of all, a space for exchanging with words and conversations.
Otobong Nkanga was born in 1974, Kano, Nigeria . She lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. A visual artist and performer, Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife, Nigeria and continued at the École Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. She was at the residency programme at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Credits: Otobong Nkanga, Beirut Art Center