Emeka Ogboh

Detail of Emeka Ogboh's sound installation C2073, commissioned for the Istanbul Triennale. Courtesy: the artist
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Emeka Ogboh  lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

He works primarily with sounds in exploring ways of understanding cities as cosmopolitan spaces with their unique characters. It has been his goal to employ field recordings to explore the history and aural infrastructure of cities, in particular his hometown Lagos, Nigeria.




Monument Lab Philadelphia.

documenta 14: Athens and Kassel.

Skulptur Projekte 2017: Münster.

LE JOUR QUI VIENT: Galerie des Galeries, Paris.


Market Symphony: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

INVOCATIONS | The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse: SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin

Prize of the Böttcherstraße in Bremen 2016: Kunsthalle Bremen.

La Ville au loin – FRAC Centre – Val de Loire


PLAYBACK – The African Union 20 to 20,000 Hz: ifa-Galerie Berlin.

No Food for Lazy Man: Galerie Wedding – Raum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin

2nd Berliner Herbstsalon: Gorki Theater. Berlin, Germany.

AFRICA: ARCHITECTURE, CULTURE AND IDENTITY. Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.

Disguise: Masks & Global African Art. Seattle Art Museum, Seattle.

56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venic


Mikromusik, Festival Experimenteller Musik und Sound Art, Berlin, Germany

HLYSNAN: The Notion and Politics of Listening, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg

DAK’ART Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

If You’re So Smart, Why Ain’t You Rich?, Marrakech, Morocco

The First International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia


Istanbul Triennial, Maksem, Istanbul

Digitale Afrique: Les Loges de la Bastide St Joseph, Marseille

Sweet 60s: Gallery Nova, Zagreb

Infecting The City Festival: Cape Town


The Progress of Love: The Menil, Houston

African Art and the Shape of Time: University of Michigan Museum of Art

CITY SCREEN’12, Barcelona

Manifesta #15, ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’

We Face Forward: Manchester City Gallery & Whitwoth Gallery, Manchester


The Tie that Binds Us, Tiwani Contemporary, London

This is not Lagos V1.0, Shin Minatomura, Yokohama

Video Art Festival,Yorkshire


Afropolis: Rauternstrauch-Joset-Museum, Cologne

The Green Summary. A retrospect developed around the theme of Independence, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

Expressis Ver-bis: Exhibition of photography, video & performance: at 12th Lagos Book and Arts Festival, National Theater Lagos

Retrieving Humanity: Parallel Flux, Santa Fe, New Mexico


Identity: an imagined state video art exhibition, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Lagos

The one minutes train exhibition, 54th Venice Biennale

Doualart video art workshop, Douala,

This is Lagos:African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos


The One Minutes video workshop, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Lagos

The Unbreakable Nigerian Spirit art exhibitions Lagos, Abuja & Amsterdam


Alexandria International Media and Lights Arts (AMALA) workshop/exhibition: Egypt /




DISGUISE, The Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA

Sound installation (site specific), African Union Peace and Security Building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


A Lagos State of Mind II, The Africa Center, New York, USA

Trancemission, International Biennial of Contemporary Art Foundation of Cartagena de Indias, Cartagena, Colombia


Ghost of the Machine, Goethe Institut Lagos, Nigeria


A Lagos State of Mind, Menil Collection, Houston, USA

Lagos-Manchester (LOS-MAN): (3 outdoor sound installations), Manchester, UK

This is Lagos! Commission for Westdeutscher Rundfunk Cologne (sound composition nominated for Karl-Sczuka-Preis 2012), Cologne, Germany