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Born from parents of Nigerian descent in the American south (b. 1984, Tuscaloosa, Alabama), Richmond, Virginia-based Amobi bridges the fields of contemporary art, electronic music, literature, film, and fashion with experimental ease. Working across these platforms enhances the richness of each medium; indistinguishable, they dissolve together in unity within the exhibition space.
The novel itself is written in the style of the cyberpunk genre, with references to historical nonfiction, folklore, and urban fiction. “Eroica” opens with the revelation of a police report describing A ...
A scenographic installation translates these itinerant elements of the novel with a score of distorted appropriated flags coating the walls of the room. Amobi takes these flags, renders them black and white, and mixes them with imagery culled from the internet as a means to flatten and homogenize these symbols of national and ethnic identity. The found images spliced into the flags complicates this homogenization and speaks to his personal experiences traveling the globe as an internationally celebrated experimental musician.
This installation was originally exhibited at LUMA Wes ...
Amobi’s highly acclaimed album “Airport Music For Black Folk” — a subverted tongue-in-cheek reference to Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports” — blankets the show in a soundscape of ambient tones. Each track is titled after cities from his 2016 European tour, and functions as a critical statement about the future of avant-garde electronic music made by non-white artists.
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