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Nigerian-born contemporary artist Otobong Nkanga installs new and existing works at Tate St Ives.

Otobong Nkanga (born in 1974 Kano, Nigeria) lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Her multi-disciplinary practice spans tapestry, drawing, photography, installation, video and performance, and addresses the politics of land and its relationship to the body, as well as the complex and fraught histories of land acquisition and ownership. Nkanga connects threads that reveal the entanglements of bodies, land and natural resources. This exhibition is her first UK museum survey.

For this show Nkanga has created several new works for Tate St Ives including a site-specific wall painting, a sculptural installation and a performance. The show also brings together recent works such as the woven textile with photographs The Weight of Scars, 2015, the installation Tsumeb Fragments, 2015, and the chromojet printed carpet From Where I Stand, 2015, alongside paintings and photographs produced from the mid-2000s onwards, several of which are being shown publicly for the first time.

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