Gallery Museum

The ar/ge kunst Gallery Museum of Bolzano is situated in the Via Museo road near the South Tyrolean Archaeological Museum.

The Gallery Museum presents a year up to 7 show regional and international artists.

A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall

Otobong Nkanga

From November, 23 2018 to February, 9 2019

Opening November, 23 2018 at 7 pm

Curated by Emanuele Guidi

Artist Otobong Nkanga (Lagos/Antwerp) returns to ar/ge kunst for her first solo show in Italy having previously participated in the programmatic exhibition "Prologue Part II – La Mia Scuola di Architettura" in November 2013.

Gathering recent works, ongoing projects and two new commissioned pieces, "A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall" articulates a further step in Nkanga's research about the manifold values of natural resources in the Anthropocene; a process she carries on alongside an unceasing exploration of the reciprocity between earth and language morphologies.

Employing sculpture, drawing and performance, but also writing, publishing and pedagogical formats, Nkanga looks at the notion of "land" as a geological and discursive formation, often taking as her starting point the systems and procedures by which raw materials are locally dug up, technologically processed and globally circulated.

From there she follows the threads that intertwine ores, material culture and the construction of desire with the redistribution of power and knowledge.

Otobong Nkanga conceived "A Lapse, a Stain, a Fall" as an organic display of artworks that unfolds in space following a chromatic rhythm, from black to an increasingly composite palette of colours, a progression of pieces "germinating" alongside a new, central artwork that, as an artery, runs the length of the architecture from wall to wall, turning the exhibition into a living, diasporic organism where body parts hold together by their skin.

ar/ge kunst

ar/ge is an abbreviation of Arbeitsgemeinschaft (working group).

The history and economics of ar/ge kunst, its mission statement and ambitions, its responsibilities towards members and visitors, its relationship to its cultural and political context are here translated into projects for potential installations and performances.