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This summer I made a dedicated trip to Berlin to see Otobong Nkanga's solo exhibition at the Gropius Bau. This artist, who was born in Nigeria, regularly visualises the materials that symbolise the ways in which the West consumes products. Consider, for example, mica, malachite and copper: raw materials that are used in smartphones, jewelery and make-up and are therefore mined on a large scale on the African continent. Nkanga highlights that problem on different levels. On the one hand, she sees it as a symbol of the ways in which we commodify nature. Anything to satisfy our insatiable appetite for (and hence dependence on) raw materials, regardless of consequences such as environmental pollution and radical geological changes. Nkanga: "How we treat our living environment has an impact on the landscape." In addition, Nkanga compares the system to a modern form of Western exploitation of cheap labour in various African countries. First, that happened in a colonial context and now again, but in a capitalist context. Yet the power relations, those who benefits the most from this system, have not changed.