Emeka Ogboh produces audio installations and gastronomic works, exploring how private, public and collective memories and histories are translated, transformed and encoded into sound and food. His works contemplate how sound and food capture existential relationships, frame our understanding of the world and provide a context for critical questions on immigration, globalisation and postcolonialism.
Ogboh’s work has been shown in solo exhibitions at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2018); Imane Fares Gallery, Paris (2018); Tate Modern, London (2017); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany (2017); Ludlow 38, New York (2016); Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington, DC (2016); Modern Art Museum, Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa (2016) and ifa-Galerie Berlin (2015), among others. His work has also been featured in recent group exhibitions at the Musuem für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2018); Dakar Biennial (2018); Monument Lab, Philadelphia (2017); documenta 14 (2017); Skulptur Projekte 2017, Münster (2017); Galerie des Galeries, Paris (2017); Oslo Architecture Triennale (2016); SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin (2016) and Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, France (2016).
His work is part of the permanent collections of the Ludwig Museum, Cologne; Tate Modern, London; Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC; Federal Republic of Germany and Le FRAC Centre-Val de Loire, France.
Ogboh received the Janet Stanley Artist Prize (2014) and Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen, Germany (2016) and was named the winning artist to produce artwork for the Peace and Security Building, African Union, Addis Ababa (2014). He participated in residencies at Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa, Baden-Baden (2017) and the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program (2014).
Ogboh is a founding member and director of Video Art Network Lagos. He holds a BA in Fine & Applied Arts from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (2001).
Born in 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria, Ogboh currently lives and works between Lagos and Berlin.
Sharjah Biennial 14
Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber
For SB14, Otobong Nkanga and Emeka Ogboh collaborate on a series of multimedia interventions in the heritage house Bait Al Aboudi and the surrounding grounds.