Ogboh’s multifarious project Stirring the Pot interrogates the myriad experiences that exist within migration. Migration is explored as a function that occurs as an exchange between people and place, and the construction of memory and identity left in its wake. The project is made visceral through a unique balancing of the human senses, which act as a guide for the artist, facilitating his dissemination of this layered and complex issue. Stirring the Pot positions migration as a mapping of the physical and incorporeal realm, where place is inextricably shaped by memories and experiences that are tied to it. Exploring the migratory relationship between Africa and Europe, a 5-channel film accompanied by a 3-channel olfactory installation and a 6-channel soundscape intersect, forming a multidisciplinary triptych. Scent is harnessed by Ogboh as a key catalyst in this work, triggering memory and emotions that are spatially driven in the transnational mapping of continents. Stirring The Pot employs a sensorial sense of play that culminates into a cross-cultural culinary collaboration, where chefs were invited to explore notions of migration through curated cooking events. The project embodies the artist’s practice, which is as concerned with a visual and audible presentation of place, as it is with the science that drives our neurological perception.
My art practice interrogates places through the human sensory reception. With my sensorial installations, I explore how private, public, collective memories and histories are translated, transformed and encoded into audio, visual, taste, smell, and touch. These works contemplate how these experiences capture existential relationships, frame our understanding of the world and provide a context in which to ask critical questions on migration, globalization, and post-colonialism.
Ogboh has participated in numerous international exhibitions including documenta 14, (2017), Athens and Kassel, Skulptur Projekte Münster (2017), the 56th edition of La Biennale di Venezia, Italy (2015), and Dakar Biennale (2014).