Otobong Nkanga’s painting and drawing practice explores the environmental impact of resource-driven development and hidden labour markets. Limits of Mapping is a map of an unidentified territory, which is pierced by a series of rods. This act of piercing draws the viewer’s attention to the two-dimensionality of the map, reminding us that maps are only able to present the surface of a deeper reality.
Home for Kipinga and Agripeta unpack issues that rise out of a scientific and commercial approach to nature and the land. The colour bands in the corner of the works and the use of abstracted maps are a reference to the scientific study and observation of nature. They attest to its strength and beauty, as vegetative forms transgress the boundaries of the maps. In these works, Nkanga points to the limitations of our engagement with the natural world.