Otobong Nkanga wins Belgian Art Prize


The Antwerp-based artist's installations convinced the jury of Belgium's biggest prize for contemporary artists


The Nigerian-born, Antwerp-based artist Otobong Nkanga has been awarded the biennial Belgian Art Prize 2017 by an international jury. The prize is considered the highest award for a contemporary artist in the country.

The jury praised her multi-media installations for their social and political engagement, occupied with changes in society related to migration. The award includes a prize of €25,000.

Her prize-winning work can be seen in Bozar until 28 May, along with the other finalists of the prize and the work of the winner of the ING Public Prize, Maarten Vanden Eynde. Nkanga’s work is also part of Mechelen’s art biennial Contour, on view until 21 May.

Check Flanders Today next week for an interview with Otobong Nkanga.