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Image: Otobong Nkanga, From Where I Stand. Image credit Jason Hynes Photography

The wait is over for contemporary art lovers on Teesside, as Middlesbrough’s Institute of Modern Art have reopened their doors.

The gallery have continued their connections with the regional art scene and wider community begun during lockdown, culminating in five new local artists’ work being acquired for the gallery. Paintings and drawings by Saud Baloch, Bobby Benjamin, Emma Bennett, Sarah Cooney and Gail Henderson will go online display in The Middlesbrough Collection, the area’s art historical depository. The artists have been praised for their thoughtful approaches to making art that speaks to the area’s social, political and art histories. Photography from local artist Jason Hynes will also go on display, his exhibition documents a range of the Tees Valley’s key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The new exhibition by Nigerian-born, Belgium-based artist Otobong Nkanga, which was due to open just as lockdown kicked in, will finally be available to view. From Where I Stand explores themes around our relationships to land and the extraction of the world’s natural resources. Elinor Morgan, Head of Programme at MIMA comments: “Her observations of how humans shape and ultimately damage the world through the exploitation of human labour and land are shared through ten bodies of work that reflect on global capitalism and the extraction of precious minerals from natural environments. Nkanga opens up and makes accessible complex discussions through an expansive and careful approach to making.”

Obobong Nkanga’s exhibition runs at MIMA until Sunday 21st February

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