A Nigerian fine artist has emerged winner of the 2015 Yanghyun Foundation Artist Award in Seoul, Korea.
According to Premium Times, she was selected for her outstanding creativity in media and motivational photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video.
Ms. Otobong Nkanga, the first African recipient of the prestigious award was born in 1974 in Kano, Nigeria. She studied at Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria, Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris, and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam. She completed Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts at the DasArts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Nkanga has participated in a number of international exhibitions, including Biennale de Lyon (2015), Sao Paulo Biennale (2014), Berlin Biennale (2014) and Sharjah Biennale (2013), and has held solo exhibitions at a number of art institutions, such as Museum Folkwang, Germany; M HKA, Belgium; Stedelijk Museum, The Netherlands; and Kadist Foundation, France.
"Otobong Nkanga’s activities and performances encompass all kinds of media and motivate photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video. They weave together concerns about land, natural resources, architecture, the value connected to them and the dynamic status of remembrance. Her trans-categorical artistic practice is defined by her ability to pervade the complex layers of human and natural traces left in material objects and landscapes. Architecture and landscape act as a sounding board for narration and “the performative,” as a human trace that testifies of ways of living and environmental issues," says the foundation’s Director, Eunyoung Choi while describing Nkanga’s work.
Newswatch Times gathered that the foundation awards its winning artist with a cash prize and the opportunity to hold a full solo exhibition at one of the world’s most renowned galleries or museums as chosen by the winner within three years of receiving the prize.
Aimed to acknowledge and support outstanding mid-career artists, the Yanghyun Prize was established in 2008 as the first international art prize by a Korean institution.