Emeka Ogboh is a graduate of the Fine and Applied Arts Department, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who works primarily with sound and video to explore ways of understanding cities as cosmopolitan spaces with their unique characters. His work contemplates broad notions of listening and hearing as its main focus. His sound recordings also consider the history and aural infrastructure of cities, Lagos, Nigeria in particular. These Lagos recordings have produced a corpus of work entitled “Lagos Soundscapes,” which he has installed in different contexts. The installations often require a phenomenological immersion and an engagement with imagination and the imaginary such that the viewer encounters Lagos without being physically present in it. Ogboh has begun to explore audio archives, a recent interest in history, and how nostalgia and memory intersect in the conceptualization of the present.
Ogboh has exhibited both in Nigeria and in several international venues. They include, the 56th Venice Biennale, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; Dak’Art Biennale, Menil Collection, Houston; Whitworth and Manchester city galleries; MassMoca Massachusetts; Museum of Contemporary Arts Kiasma, Helsinki and Rauternstrauch-Joset-Museum, Cologne. Ogboh is a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst) 2014 grant recipient, and the co-founder of the Video Art Network Lagos. He won the competition to produce a commissioned artwork for the Peace and Security building of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2015.
Artwork: Àlà (2012)