Editor: Osei Bonsu
Publisher: Crane Editions
Contributors: Bernard Akoi-Jackson, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Dr. kąrî’kạchä seid’ōu.
Summary: Crane Editions presents "Out of Bounds", a unique artwork by the emerging Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama. Coinciding with his large-scale installation at the 56th Venice Biennale exhibition "All the World's Futures" curated by Okwui Enwezor, "Out of Bounds" brings together over 15 works from Mahama's monumental "Occupation" Series (2012 - ongoing), With over 60 detailed colour illustrations documenting the temporary installations, the book includes a series of texts illuminating the histories of Ghana's urban centres, trade routes and philosophical debates. Enclosed in a distinctive jute-fibre canvas pouch, the artist book provides a meaningful entry point to Ibrahim Mahama's ground-breaking interventions.
Editor: Okwui Enwezor
Contribution: Narrative Biographies and research on the work of participating artists.
Summary: Rather than one overarching theme, the 56th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale is informed by a layer of intersecting filters. These filters are a constellation of parameters that circumscribe multiple ideas which will be touched upon to imagine and realize a diversity of practices. All the World s Futures employs as a filter the historical trajectory that the Biennale itself, over the course of its one hundred and twenty years existence has run over. A filter through which to reflect on both the current state of things and the appearance of things. At its core is the notion of the exhibition as a stage, where historical and counter-historical projects are explored. Within this framework the main aspects of the 56th Biennale Exhibition solicit and privilege new proposals and works conceived specifically by invited artists, filmmakers, choreographers, performers, composers, and writers.
Editor: Germano Celant
Publisher: Electa - Mondadori
Contribution: Unstill Lives: Food and Desire in the Post Colonial Imaginary
Summary: Located in both the indoor and outdoor areas of La Triennale – 7000 square metres of building and garden space – Arts & Foods will focus on all those visual, sculptural, object-based and environmental forms that, ever since 1851, the year of the first Expo in London, have revolved around the world of food, nutrition, and dining together. The exhibition will provide a worldwide overview of the interaction between aesthetics and design in the rituals of eating, as an international event that will use different media to take visitors through time, from the historic to the contemporary, and through forms of expression, creativity and communication in all cultural areas.A 600-page book will be produced for the occasion in two editions (Italian and English, and possibly a third in French). Published by Electa, it will contain about fifty essays by international authors and several hundred illustrations of the various topics examined in the show.
Editor: Roxie Warder
Author: Osei Bonsu
Publisher: Saatchi Gallery
Summary: Pangaea II: New Art From Africa and Latin America features the work of 18 emerging artists who provide an expansive insight into the work being produced against the backdrop of present day complexities in their respective homelands. Witnesses to the transformation of their societies, the artists working in these two distinctive regions are increasingly based within cities that are changing at an unprecedented rate. Their work employs a hybrid of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials, reflecting on social and political issues faced during this period of rapid urban and economic expansion.
Editors: Okwui Enwezor, Salah M. Hassan, Chika Okeke-Agulu
Contribution: Cameron Platter in Conversation with Osei Bonsu: 114-119
About: Nka focuses on publishing critical work that examines the newly developing field of contemporary African and African Diaspora art within the modernist and postmodernist experience and therefore contributes significantly to the intellectual dialogue on world art and the discourse on internationalism and multiculturalism in the arts.
Editors: Mark Rappolt, David Terrien
Contribution: The Bare Necessities: Raw Material Company in Dakar
Summary: Art in Context IV Osei Bonsu: The British-Ghanaian independent curator and writer, based in London, on Raw Material Company in Dakar.The fourth instalment in our yearlong, monthly survey in which artists, curators and cultural commentators explore the question of what African art (of the contemporary flavour) does or can do within various local contexts across the continent.
Editor: Gabriella Beckhurst
Sub-editor: April Lamm
Copy Editor: Osei Bonsu
Contribution: "Osei Bonsu in Conversation with Sindika Dokolo" and a selection of artist biographies.
About: The catalogue includes a one-page biography of the artists exhibited at 1:54 Contemporary African Fair, London, 2014