Emeka Ogboh. PLAYBACK – The African Union: 20 to 20,000 Hz

10/28/16
Category: Pressemitteilungen  

Exhibition organised by ifa, Modern Art Museum: Gebre Kristos Desta Center, Addis Ababa

The exhibition PLAYBACK – The African Union: 20 to 20,000 Hz presented by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) provides further context to the competition-winning project SONIC COMMUNITARY – The African Union: 20 to 20,000 Hz by Nigerian sound artist Emeka Ogboh for the Julius Nyerere Peace and Security Building of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa.

Exhibition opening:
Thursday, 3 November 2016, 6 p.m.


In the exhibition, Ogboh successfully interweaves historical recordings of speeches from the founding ceremony of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) 1963 with newly arranged compositions and original sound recordings. Referencing the AU motto of ‘Unity in Diversity’, the artist further adapts the hymn of the African Union into different languages from across the Continent.

The Federal Foreign Office financed the construction of the new building and the art installation. ifa conceptualised the art competition; organised the catalysing conference Future Memories, supported the creation of the artwork and facilitated the accompanying exhibition. An event celebrating the opening of Ogboh’s art-within-architecture project will take place with the German ambassador, representatives of the African Union and the artist on 4 November 2016.

The exhibition is funded by the Federal Foreign Office and Aktion Afrika.

Further information (PDF).

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