Otobong Nkanga

Otobong Nkanga Wins 2017 BelgianArtPrize

On April 19, Otobong Nkanga was honored with the BelgianArtPrize, a biennial award that recognizes the artistic achievements of mid-career artists. She will receive $26,000 and is featured in an exhibition at the BOZAR Center for Fine Arts, which will run until May 28.

The international jury said that it chose Nkanga because she “is an artist who records the social and topographical changes of her environment, who observes their inherent complexities and understands how resources such as soil and earth, and their potential values, are subject to regional and cultural analysis.”

Since 1950, the nonprofit organization La Jeune Peinture Belge, which describes itself as a group of art lovers, professionals, and collectors, has collaborated with the BOZAR Center for Fine Arts to organize the prize with the goal of supporting artistic talent in Belgium and offering artists an international platform.

The international jury comprised Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Hans Ulrich Obrist, artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London; Dieter Roelstraete, cocurator of Documenta 14; art collector Mimi Dusselier; and Estelle Francès Lasserre, director of the Fondation d’Entreprise Francès. The other artists short-listed for the prize were Edith Dekyndt, Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost, and Maarten Vanden Eynde.