Ekow Eshun

Africa Modern: curating the contemporary art of a continent

Africa Modern: Creating the Contemporary Art of a Continent surveys the continent’s art landscape and marks the opening of Zeitz MOCAA, the first major contemporary art museum in Africa. Edited by writer and cultural commentator Ekow Eshun and designed by Wallpaper*, the book is produced in association with Thomas Heatherwick, the architect behind the museum.

Edited by Ekow Eshun, Africa Modern: creating the contemporary art of a continent is created in partnership with Thomas Heatherwick, designer of Zeitz MOCAA, and art directed by Wallpaper* magazine.The book includes a unique, first person account of the design and construction of the museum by Heatherwick alongside photos and imagery by the celebrated architectural photographer Iwan Baan

Published by the KT Wong Foundation, Africa Modern is a survey of cultural activity from across the continent with a specific focus on South Africa, featuring specially commissioned visual projects from leading artists such as Pieter Hugo, William Kentridge, Mikhael Subotzky, Nicholas Hlobo, Mary Sibande and Penny Siopis, alongside writers including Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Achille Mbembe and Sisonke Msimang.

A new book looks to the future of African art, while remembering its roots

Nataal’s editorial director contributes to a new book examining Africa’s contemporary art scene and celebrating the opening of Zeitz MOCAA

Africa Modern: curating the contemporary art of a continent