Nzukota Took Centerstage At Otobong Nkanga’s Exhibition

by Olamilekan Okeowo

On Tuesday, 8th of December 2020, Emeka Okereke, Nigerian visual artist and writer, and Pamela Owusu-Brenyah a.k.a DJ Pam Pam, a Berlin-based freelance music consultant came together to discuss the concept of Nzukota, an Igbo language which translates to “coming together”.

The event held on the sideline of Otobong Nkanga’s exhibition titled “There Is No Such Thing as Solid Ground” which is ongoing until December 13, 2020, at the Gropius Bau, Berlin Germany.

Nzukota brought together four individuals presently living, staying, or visiting Berlin to reflect on their notion of “Home” as it relates to the state of being “here and elsewhere”.

According to Emeka Okereke, the host of NKATA Podcast, a series that feature conversations with selected individuals (artists, cultural operators, and creatives) Nzukota, through dialogue, readings (poetry and texts), and music, the gathering created a discursive atmosphere for the weaving of anecdotes, stories, and incidents, however fragmented, in connection to the space and disposition of the participants and was live-streamed to an online audience.

Recall that the NKATA Podcast series feature conversations with selected individuals (artists, cultural operators, and creatives) whose work Okereke have known, some over many years and others, a little less so.

“What sets them apart is that I consider them and their works to be compelling, engaging, and relevant to the time.

The idea of the podcast is to have in-depth but also accessible conversations about who these individuals are, their life’s journeys, and how this translates into their vocation as creative people. Conversations will depart from exploring the background of the artists’ personal history while meandering through key themes, positions, and ideologies central to their works. Each episode will feature one conversation with a selected artist’ he said about the podcasts.

Otobong Nkanga’s exhibition  ‘There is No Such Thing as Solid Ground’ started on July 10 and will run through December 13, 2020.

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