The Last Supper Beer, 2019
ABOUT THE WORK
Emeka Ogboh, will create a new beer commission, also titled The Last Supper, informed by his experience in the city of Miami and by African and indigenous ingredients common throughout the city and the Caribbean. Drawing on Miami’s iconic architecture and its blend of flavors and sounds, Ogboh developed a honey brown ale with notes of lime and pepper in partnership with Biscayne Bay Brewing. This work contemplates how gustatory experiences capture existential relationships, frame our understanding of the world, and provide a context in which to ask critical questions on immigration and globalization. Specially created by the artist, the visual cues on the beer’s label reference the Nsibidi symbols of southeastern Nigeria, each of which have significance that might be understood as key connections to the concept.
Emeka Ogboh connects to places with his senses of hearing and taste. Through his audio installations and gastronomic works, Ogboh explores how private, public, collective memories, and histories are translated, transformed, and encoded into sound and food. These works contemplate how auditory and gustatory experiences capture existential relationships, frame our understanding of the world, and provide a context in which to ask critical questions on immigration, globalization, and post-colonialism. His work has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, American National Museum of African Art, Menil Collection, Casino Luxembourg, and Kiasma. Critics noted his soundscapes' chaos and complexity, and his focus on recontextualizing rather than transforming the city's sounds.
Emeka Ogboh was born in 1977 in Nigeria. He lives and works in Berlin.