Otobong Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolow University in Ile-lfe, Nigeria, and later continued her studies in Paris at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. She has been artist-in-redidence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2002-2004) and she finished her Masters in the Performing Arts at DasArts, Advanced Research in Theatre and Dance studies, Amsterdam (2005-2008). Furthermore she has been artist-in-residence at the DAAD, Berlin (2014) and at Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin (2019).
Alterscape Stories: Spilling Waste refers to man and its environment with regards to 'Water'. Usable water is imported into the Canary Islands even though it is surrounded by water. At the same time the waters are being polluted by the installation of different kinds of industries which create a certain level of toxicity.
To create the idea of toxicity in this photograph, the water is poured out from a plastic cup and the color of the water is more of a saturated blue than a light blue. In that way it increases the feel of toxicity being poured into the landscape and also tells the story of water being imported.
Lender: Rabo Kunstcollectie