Emeka Ogboh: ÀLÀ

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, United States
03 Apr 2014 - 06 Apr 2014

Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU presents the installation ÀLÀ by emerging Nigerian sound and video artist, Emeka Ogboh.

Ogboh is known for his ongoing Lagos Soundscapes project—a captivating portrait of the famed mega-city rendered through its aural infrastructure. Utilizing field recordings taken mostly spontaneously during his daily jaunts in his hometown, Ogboh creates immersive works that document and archive the rich tapestry of peoples, cultures, and histories that make up one of the world’s most cosmopolitan locations. Composed of an intoxicating blend of traffic sounds, street music, commuter chatter, and the calls of hawkers and street sellers, Lagos Soundscapes suggests that Lagos possesses a unique acoustic character that sets it apart from other global metropolises.

At the Broad MSU, Ogboh brings the sights and sounds of the city to the gallery in a temporary installation that explores Lagos’ continued capacity to capture the imagination of people near and far, who arrive daily with aspirations of carving out a living and eventually finding their “golden fleece.” In a dizzying display of manipulated images and intricate sound mixing, Ogboh paints Lagos as a space of intense hope and desire, laying bare the “dream” (àlà) that keeps it churning, yet which for many is a fleeting illusion.

On April 4 at 7 p.m., the artist and Yesomi Umolu, Broad MSU Assistant Curator, will discuss Ogboh’s work and influences and reflect on the strengthening of digital media practices in Nigeria over the last few decades.

Emeka Ogboh: Àlà is curated by Yesomi Umolu, Assistant Curator, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU.