Emeka Ogboh’s Market Symphony
Opens February 3, 2016
Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh brings his internationally recognized sound art to the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in the new work Market Symphony.
A site-specific commission by the museum, Market Symphony draws on the commercial cries and urban ambiance of Balogun, a sprawling open-air market in Lagos, Africa’s largest and most populated city. Ogboh’s “soundscape” lets visitors experience the distinctive sounds of this vibrant Nigerian metropolis and the traders who drive its daily economy, transporting us from the hush of the gallery to a commercial hive approximately 5,407 miles away.