Emeka Ogboh

ARTIST Emeka Ogboh

Installation / Sound installation
Born in 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

Emeka Ogboh connects to places with his senses of hearing and taste.

Through his audio installations and gastronomic works, Ogboh explores how private, public, collective memories and histories are translated, tansformed and encoded into sound and food. These works contemplate how sound and food capture existential relationships, frame our understanding of the world and provide a context in which to ask critical questions on immigration, globalization, and post-colonialism.

Emeka Ogboh has participated in numerous international exhibitions including the 56th edition of La Biennale di Venzeia , Italiy (2015); documenta 14 (2017), Athens and Kassel, and Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017).

Emeka Ogboh is also co-founder of the Video Art Network Lagos, and in 2016 Ogboh was awarded Prize of the Bottcherstra ße in Bremen.


Tate Modern, London, UK
Contemporary Art Collection of the Federal Republic of Germany, Berlin, Germany
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, USA
Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
Modern Forms, Washington, USA
Danjuma Collection, Esher, UK



Hugo Boss Prize (shortlisted)


Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Artist in-residence


Prize of the Böttcherstraße, Bremen, Germany


Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst grant recipient
Winner artist competiton to produce artwork for the Peace and Security building of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Janet Stanley Artist Prize

Selected solo exhibitions


No Condition is Permanent, curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France
Germany is not an island, Contemporary Art of the Federal Republic of Germany Acquisitions 2012- 2016, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, Germany The Song of the Germans, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto, Canada
L’heure Rouge, DAK’ART Biennale, curated by : Simon Njami, Dakar, Senega


The Way Earthly Things are Going: The Tanks, Tate Modern London, London, UK If Found Please Return to Lagos, Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany
Monument Lab, Philadephia, USA
documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, Greece and Germany
Skulptur Projekte 2017, Münster, Germany
Le jour qui vient, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France


Das Afrikanische Bierlaboratorium 1, Ludlow 38, New York, USA
Market Symphony, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA
PLAYBACK – The African Union 20 to 20,000 Hz, Modern Art Museum, Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


PLAYBACK – The African Union 20 to 20,000 Hz, ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany
No Food for Lazy Man, Galerie Wedding – Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin, German

Selected group exhibitions


Monument Lab, Philadephia, USA
documenta 14, Athens and Kassel, Greece and Germany
Skulptur Projekte 2017, Münster, Germany
Le jour qui vient, Galerie des Galeries, Paris, France



Oslo Architecture Triennale, The National Museum of Architecture, Oslo, Norway
INCOCATIONS, The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse, Savy Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen, Kunstahlle Bremen, Bremen, Germany
La Ville au loin, FRAC Centre, Orléans, France



2nd Berliner Herbstsalon, Gorki Theater, Berlin, Germany
AFRICA: ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE AND IDENTITY, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlubaek, Denmark
Disguise: Masks & Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA
56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy



Mikromusik: Festival Experimenteller Musik und Sound Art, Berlin, Germany
HLYSNAN: The Notion and Politics of Listening, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
DAK’ART Biennale, Dakar, Senegal
CONTEXT-ing / Listening as CONTEXT, Art Miami, Miami, USA
The Fisrt Intenational Biennial of Contemporary of Cartagena de Indias, Cartegana, Colombia



Urban Sounds, Haus für elekrtonische Künste, Basel, Switzerland
National Pop-Up Theatre: Federal Government printing press, Lagos
Digitale Afrique: Les loges de la Bastide St Joseph, Marseille, France
2nd Istanbul Triennale, Taskim Republic Art Gallery, Instabul, Turkey
Sweet 60’s, Gallery Nova, Zagreb, Croatia
Infecting The City, Public arts Festival, Cape Town, South Africa



The Progress of Love, The Menil Collection, Houston, USA
African Art and the Shape of Time, University of Michigan Museum of Art, USA
We face forward, Manchester City Gallery & Whitworth Gallery, UK
Manifesta 12, Palermo, Italy
Invisible Cities, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, USA



VideoArtVerona: The Mystical Self, Veneto Regional Archive of Video art, Verona, Italy
Bold Tendencies 5, Peckham Rye Multistorey Car Park, Peckham, London, UK
Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece
ARS 11: KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki,Finland
IMAG(IN)ING CITIES, The Amin Guglee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan



Afropolis, Rauternstrauch-Joset-Museum, Cologne, Germany
Green Summary, The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria
Localities, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Roskilde, Denmark
Football Sound Narratives, Binaural, Nodar
Art invisible exhibition, International Contemporary Art Fair (ARCO), Madrid, Spain


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