Tate Modern appoints African specialist

New additions will continue the pioneering research and scholarship already undertaken in the fields of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian modern and contemporary art

Osei Bonsu (middle), is joined by Nabila Abdel Nabi (right) and Devika Singh as new members of the Tate Modern's curatorial team

OSEI BONSU, who will focus on further developing the representation of African art in Tate’s collection, was one of three new appointments made to the museums curatorial team earlier this month.

Bonsu, a critic and art historian who has developed projects focused on transnational histories of art, collaborating with museums, galleries and private collections internationally, is joined by Nabila Abdel Nabi, who will focus specifically on art from the Middle East and North Africa and Dr Devika Singh who will specialise in art from South Asia.

The appointments form part of Tate’s on-going strategy to explore multiple art histories from a global perspective.

Over the past two decades, Tate’s collection, displays and exhibitions have focused on expanding beyond Europe and North America and have played an essential role in reassessing and reframing art historical narratives.

In 2018/19, 348 works were added to Tate’s international collection, mapping the dialogue and exchange of ideas between artists working across the world.

Acquisition highlights in recent years include Tarek Atoui’s The Reverse Collection 2016, Amar Kanwar’s The Lightning Testimonies 2007 and Otobong Nkanga’s Wetin You Go Do? 2015.

As well curating the tenth edition of Satellites, The Economy of Living Things, 2017, an exhibition co-commissioned by Jeu de Paume and CAPC: Centre for Contemporary Art, Bordeaux, Bonsu 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.

He 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.

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.”

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