Emeka Ogboh is a sound artist from Lagos, Nigeria, born in 1977. His work is primarily based around the city he was raised up in. Lagos, he claims, is a city that never sleeps. Through sound, photography, and sculpture he narrates and recontextualizes what life is like in his home town, as well as what his city might sound like in the future. His use of sound has transportive qualities, immersing you in an entirely new landscape regardless of where you are located. Themes of economy, urban life, and culture are all prevalent in his work. Often set up in galleries accompanied by headsets or speakers, his work can be received as an organized chaos, composed of many layers of Lagos city pedestrians, traffic, construction, and other daily occurrences. He is now located in Berlin, Germany, and just this year was named a winner of the 2019 Sharjah Biennial Prize. He was also recently nominated for the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize- an award that grants $100,000 and a solo show at the Guggenheim.

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