Emeka Ogboh, The Song of the Germans, 2015
Emeka Ogboh, The Song of the Germans, 2015  

The Modern Forms Commission: Emeka Ogboh

For his site-specific commission, Emeka Ogboh (b. 1977, Enugu, Nigeria) has conceived a multi-channel sound installation fusing the serenading properties of the Òja (Igbo flute) with spoken and sung words into a sonic ode to African renaissance. Emeka Ogboh is primarily a sound artist, recognised for his distinctive multi-layered soundscapes of urban life. His work contemplates broad notions of listening and sounding, which also serve to immerse and transport the listener. In addition to sound, Ogboh works with video and photography by way of investigating the acute historical, economic and social infrastructure of cities, and, in particular, his city of residence, Lagos.

He is the cofounder of the Video Art Network Lagos and winner of the 2016 Prize of the Bottcherstraße. His works have appeared in major international venues, including documenta 14 (2017), Athens and Kassel; the 56th edition of La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2015) and Dak’art Biennale (2014). The project is commissioned by Modern Forms Collection and supported by 1:54.

 

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