Tate Modern London

Osei Bonsu Named Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art of Africa

Tate Modern London announced Osei Bonsu as new curator of Modern and Contemporary Art of Africa. He took over his position in September.

Osei Bonsu. Photo by Matt Greenwood, Tate Photography

Osei Bonsu. Photo by Matt Greenwood, Tate Photography

The Tate Modern Museum in London announced new appointments to its curatorial team and among them is British-Ghanaian curator Osei Bonsu, who will focus on further developing the representation of art from Africa in Tate’s collection and programme.

Frances Morris, Director, Tate Modern said: ‘We are delighted to appoint Nabila, Osei, Valentina and Devika as Curators at Tate Modern. Their significant experience and expertise will play an important part in expanding our knowledge of modern and contemporary art from Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East, furthering our ambition to present a truly international story of art through our programme and collection.’

These appointments, so the museum, « form part of a ongoing strategy to explore multiple art histories from a global perspective. » Since two decades Tate is endeavoured to expand their collection, displays and exhibitions beyond Europe and North America.

Osei Bonsu is a curator, critic and art historian who has developed projects focused on transnational histories of art, collaborating with museums, galleries and private collections internationally. He curated the 10th edition of Satellites, The Economy of Living Things, 2017, an exhibition co-commissioned by Jeu de Paume and CAPC: Centre for Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, and has worked on a number of projects focusing on African art, including Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America, Saatchi Gallery, 2015, and 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, 2013-14. Osei has contributed to exhibition catalogues and publications including ArtReview, New African and NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, and was an acting contributing editor to frieze. He holds an MA History of Art from University College London.



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