B. 1977, Enugu, Nigeria.
Lives and works Berlin and Lagos.
Emeka Ogboh connects to places with his senses of hearing and taste. Through his audio installations and gastronomic works, he explores how private, public, collective memories and histories are translated, transformed, 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.
Recent exhibitions and public installations include A bruit secret – L’audition dans l’art (Museum Tinguely, Basel, 2023), Der Kosmos – Things Fall Apart (Humboldt Forum, Berlin, 2021), Song of the Union (Edinburgh Art Festival, 2021), Stirring the Pot (Friche La Belle de Mai, Marseille, 2020), Ámà, the Gathering Place (Cleveland Museum of Art, 2019), The Song of the Germans (The Power Plant, Toronto, 2018), If Found Please Return to Lagos (Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, 2017), and Market Symphony (Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, 2016). Emeka Ogboh has participated in numerous international exhibitions including the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2014), and Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017).
He is also the co-founder of the Video Art Network Lagos. In 2016, Ogboh was awarded the Prize of the Bottcherstraße in Bremen. In 2018, he was a finalist in the prestigious Hugo Boss prize, and in 2019, he was awarded the Sharjah Biennial 14 Prize (with Otobong Nkanga).