Emeka Ogboh

Sensing the World

“I am interested in sense as a trigger, a mnemonic, something people connect memories with.”

Artist Emeka Ogboh works across a variety of mediums that prioritize specific sensorial involvement: he connects to places with his senses of hearing and taste. Through his audio installations and gastronomic works, Ogboh explores how private, public, and collective memories and histories are translated, transformed, and encoded into sound and food.

An Experiment in the Olfactory, ongoing collaboration with Carole Calvez, 2020

His artworks contemplate how auditory and gustatory experiences capture existential relationships, frame our understanding of the world, and provide a context in which to ask critical questions on immigration, globalization, and post-colonialism. Recently, Ogboh has also started experimenting with the sense of smell.

Ogboh has participated in numerous international exhibitions including documenta 14, (Athens and Kassel, 2017), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017), the 56th edition of La Biennale di Venezia (2015), and Dakar Biennale (2014).

The Way Earthly Things Are Going, ©Kunstmuseum Ravensburg 2020, photo: Wynrich Zlomke
Things Fall Apart, collaboration with BRLO Craftbeer Berlin
Ámà – the Gathering, ©The Cleveland Museum of Art, photo: David Brichford, 2019

As a mentor, Ogboh is interested in applicants who are experimental and bold in their artistic practices and are open to engaging with the sensorial—especially the auditory, olfactory, and gustatory. Artists already active in these fields as well as ones who want to begin exploring these senses within their current practices are encouraged to apply. He is also seeking nominees whose practice is research-based, and who focus on themes related to migration, immigration, and post-colonialism. “Projects that are heavily invested in research as part of their process would stand out for me during the selection,” he says. Potential mentees should expect a hands-on approach and interaction from concept to finish. “I am interested in how concepts develop and materialize into finished work. I will be bringing my years of experience and research to the table, and I would like to see this process as a journey of new discoveries, not just for the candidates, but for me as well.”


Watch the video statement to find out more about what Ogboh is looking for in applications: