The Best Public Art of 2021
The online art platform Artsy has selected Emeka Ogboh's This Too Shall Pass as one of the best public art installations of 2021.
“What does singing together mean in our society, especially in a pandemic and crisis-ridden world where music and art per se have long been silenced? This summer, the Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh is transforming Frankfurt’s city centre into a soundscape on water and on land. At the centre of his three-part multi-channel sound installation This Too Shall Pass, which stretches from the Römer across the Main to the Dreikönigskirche, is a newly composed hymn of the same name. Dedicated to the city and the year 2020, sung by choirs in Lagos and Frankfurt and woven into fabrics based on a centuries-old Igbo craft. Fixed sacred and profane places and the river as a flowing, collective city memory thereby expand into an overarching cosmopolitan space.”