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Otobong Nkanga

To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again


In capturing the fraught relationships among people and their environments, Otobong Nkanga illuminates the social, political, and economic histories—and legacies—of colonialism. This beautifully illustrated book, which focuses on Nkanga’s drawings, showcases the artist’s compelling and thought-provoking oeuvre. An essay by former Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago curator Omar Kholeif reveals the rich background of Nkanga’s varied subjects, including the historical realities of Nigeria and memories of the artist’s childhood. In addition, a narrative piece by acclaimed author and art historian Teju Cole offers a poignant counterpart to Nkanga’s work as he reflects on his experiences growing up in Nigeria. Interspersed throughout the monograph are the artist’s newly written poems, inspired by the city of Chicago.

136 pages with 100 color illustrations. Published by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and DelMonico•Prestel.

Otobong Nkanga: To Dig a Hole That Collapses Again is presented at the MCA Mar 31–Sep 2, 2018.