Through these pages in bright, pastel tones, the Nigerian-born artist unveils a subtle, offbeat and rare perspective on the Pearl of the Orient, today known as China’s very own City of Lights: a sprawling metropolis of dreams, fully embracing its modernity and madly pursuing its phenomenal development. From the Waterhouse at South Bund, the boutique riverside hotel on the banks of the Huangpu, facing the Pudong skyline and the impressive Shanghai Tower, Nkanga studies the geography of the area and hones in on the city’s geometry, with its rectilinear grid of long avenues and streets.
“Drawing helps me clarify my ideas, emotions or thoughts I use it to organize things in space, to bring together different worlds, and to invent a reality that may come to light as a gouache, a sculpture, or an installation.” – Otobong Nkanga
The Louis Vuitton Travel Book series sends renowned artists and promising young talents from around the world to destinations previously unknown to them. Through whatever form of expression they choose, and whether exploring remote wildernesses or cities that never sleep, each artist confronts an unfamiliar place sharpened by the surprise of the unknown or stimulated by the pleasure of rediscovery.