“ABJ” Exhibition by Emeka Ogboh

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Artist Emeka Ogboh unveils his latest project, “ABJ,” in Abidjan from January 9 to May 26, 2024. Presented by SOMETHING and supported by the Goethe-Institut Abidjan, this exhibition offers a sensory journey into the theme of migration within the bustling markets of Abidjan.

The project aims to uncover the cultural richness and daily life of Abidjan’s residents through the lens of migration. By delving into the vibrant markets where people from across Côte d’Ivoire and West Africa converge, Ogboh sheds light on the migratory patterns shaping the urban landscape. Through the sounds and images captured in these markets, visitors are offered a fascinating glimpse into urban diversity.

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Installation view.

Born in Lagos in 1977 and based in Berlin for a decade, Emeka Ogboh is renowned for his artistic installations engaging all five senses. “ABJ” continues his exploration of population movements, with Abidjan as the focal point. Ogboh explains, “Abidjan is fueled by the energy of diversity. The influx of migrants from North and West Africa has profoundly influenced the city’s culture, gastronomy, and music. With this project, I aim to capture and present this urban dynamic in collaboration with the local community, exploring essential aspects of urbanity and migration.”

Ogboh, a recurring figure in major international artistic events, has notably participated in the Dakar Biennale (2014), the Venice Biennale (2015), and documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel (2017). “ABJ” is a collaboration between SOMETHING and the Goethe-Institut Abidjan, with scenography by Clémence Farrell and technical support from ETC ONLYVIEW. The films are directed by Barbara John.

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Installation view.

This rhythmic creation blurs the lines between art and documentary, revealing the magnetic attraction of Abidjan through diverse narratives from intellectuals, designers, market micro-entrepreneurs, and chefs embracing a new African gastronomy.

About SOMETHING Art Space:
Founded by Anna-Alix KOFFI in 2022, SOMETHING serves as the physical platform for her publications SOMETHING WE AFRICANS GOT, PROFILES, and Women paper. This non-profit art center is dedicated to video art, digital art, and critical thinking, located in Blockhauss, a section of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

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