b. 1977, Lagos
Born and raised in Lagos, where he continues to live and work, Emeka Ogboh received a BA in fine and applied arts from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 2001. Predominately working with sound, video, and photography, Ogboh explores the multidimensional character of cities, in particular his hometown and other “third world” locations. In acoustic projects that take Lagos—the economic and cultural capital of Nigeria and a metropolis acutely affected by globalization—as their subject, the artist records the chaotic mix of old and new sounds that defines its character. The resulting soundscapes create a dialogue between the physicality and imagining of Lagos, and by installing them in international public spaces Ogboh raises questions about place/displacement, cultural narcissism, and globalization.
Ogboh is co-founder of the Video Art Network Lagos and participated in the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Dortmund, Germany (2010), as part of the Media Lab in Africa delegation. He is a member of the African Centre for Cities’ African Urbanism Initiative at the University of Cape Town and the international art collective Urban Dialogues. His group exhibitions include Afropolis, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne (2011); ARS 11, Nykytaiteen museo Kiasma, Helsinki (2011); and Localities, Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde, Denmark (2010); and his video work has been included in several international festivals. He also participated in the year-long project On Independence and the Ambivalence of Promise organized by the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (2010).