According to the exhibition booklet,
‘Fragilologist’ is a word invented by the artist to describe someone who studies fragility. The work was originally created for Kiasma’s ARS 2011 exhibition. The woven textiles study life’s frailty and how humans relate to the environment.The weavings are based on the artist’s detailed drawings of the Earth’s natural riches and their exploitation under the laws of supply and demand.
When experiments become life itself, their fragility is a relation between natures and cultures that are in the making and re-making.
Otobong Nkanga. 2010. From the series Fragilologist’s Predicament. Coexistence – Human, Animal and Nature in Kiasma's Collections. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, https://guide.kiasma.fi/en/artworks/from-the-series-fragilologists-predi..., accessed on August 31, 2019.
Photo credit: Finnish National Gallery / Pirje Mykkänen
Otobong Nkanga, "From the series Fragilologist’s Predicament", contributed by Gergely Mohacsi, STS Infrastructures, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 3 September 2019, accessed 1 October 2023. http://www.stsinfrastructures.org/content/series-fragilologist’s-predicament