Otobong Nkanga wins Belgian Art Prize 2017

Otobong Nkanga, In a Place Yet Unknown, 2017, woven textile and metal © Philippe De Gobert

Otobong Nkanga has been announced the winner of the biennial Belgian Art Prize at a ceremony in BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts on 19 April. She received a €25,000 (£21,000) cash prize to encourage and support the development of her artistic career.

Nkanga was selected by an international jury consisting of Beatrix Ruf (director of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam), Hans Ulrich Obrist (artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London) and Dieter Roelstraete (cocurator of Documenta 14), art collector Mimi Dusselier and Estelle Francès Lasserre (director of the Fondation d’Entreprise Francès). Maarten Vanden Eynde was selected as the public’s favourite artist, receiving €10,000 (£8,400). Nkanga and Vanden Eynde’s work are on view alongside that of other shortlisted artists Edith Dekyndt and Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost at BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, through 28 May.

20 April 2017