“No Condition is Permanent”
Personal Exhibition of Emeka Ogboh curated by Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
From September 13th to November 24th, 2018
Opening September 13 at 5.30 PM in the presence of the artist
Galerie Imane Farès is proud to present Emeka Ogboh’s first solo-exhibition in Paris, curated by the Nigerian-born curator Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi. Ogboh who works in a variety of media with sound as his principal medium, is one of the most innovative conceptual artists practicing today. The exhibition which is titled No Condition is Permanent, a popular Nigerian phrase that reflects the shifting nature of human condition, assembles old and new works by the artist inspired by Lagos. Nigeria’s economic nerve center and cultural hub; Lagos is a bustling megacity renowned for its metropolitan energy and commerce-driven modernity. No Condition is Permanent also affirms this indefatigable spirit of Lagos, a city with a human population of over twenty million.
In the last ten years, Ogboh has expansively explored the megacity in the throes of infrastructural changes and socioeconomic development. Through sounds that permeate the public spaces and which serve as interface of collective and subjective everyday experiences, Ogboh displaces the primacy of sight in experiencing and understanding Lagos. His work requires a phenomenological immersion that results in the viewer experiencing Lagos auditorily and with the power of the imagination without being physically present in the city. Parallel to sound experiments, he has addressed Lagos’s chaotic kaleidoscope using a range of media. No Condition is Permanent brings together ambient sound recordings, sound portraits, stained glass light boxes, photograph and video installations, all centered on Ogboh’s Lagos Soundscapes project. It also includes Ogboh’s first music album inspired by Lagos soundscapes and influenced by the electronic music scene of Berlin, where he currently lives.