Emeka Ogboh: 'Lagos is a city that is never silent'

When the Nigerian artist first moved to Berlin he couldn’t sleep because it was so quiet

Growing up in Lagos, Emeka Ogboh was surrounded by the city’s constant and powerful soundscape.

On leaving the city he was struck by the ability of sound to immerse and transport the listener physically. In his installation piece, The Way Heavenly Things are Going, first exhibited at Documenta 14 in Athens and currently on display in Tate Modern’s East Tank, he brings together a traditional Greek song of lamentation with a real time report of the stock market indexes. The artwork takes its title from a Bob Marley song and references the ongoing global financial crisis as well as mass migration and displaced communities.

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