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Inside the Curiosa Sector at Paris Photo 2019 With the Curator Osei Bonsu

  • Nydia Blas - Way Up, 2017
  • Andrés Denegri - Clamor (exhibition view), 2015
  • Leandro Feal, From the serie Ya la vida cambió, 2017
  • Livia Mihaltianu - Cette histoire n'est pas fantastique, 2018
October 28, 2019
A philosophy graduate interested in critical theory, politics and art. Alias of Jelena Martinović.

One of the most anticipated international photography events of the year, Paris Photo returns to the Grand Palais this November for its 23rd edition. Welcoming 213 exhibitors in all sectors, Paris Photo 2019 will offer collectors and enthusiasts the most diverse and qualitative presentation of photography-driven projects today. The visitors will have an opportunity to see historical and contemporary artworks from modern masters to young talents, as well as unique and rare editions presented by specialized publishers and art book dealers.

First debuting in 2018, the Curiosa sector will this year address photography’s increasingly unstable relationship to the physical world, illuminating the multiple realities of human experience. The exhibition will present 14 international positions: Olivia Mihălţianu, Marie Clerel, Leandro Feal, Roman Moriceau, Alfredo Rodriguez, Morvarid K, Nate Lewis, Elsa Leydier, David Meskhi, Elsa & Johanna, Marguerite Bornhauser, Nydia Blas, Andrès Denegri and Thomas Hauser.

This year’s Curiosa sector will be curated by Osei Bonsu, a British-Ghanaian curator, critic and art historian based in London and Paris. His activities encompass exhibition programming, publishing and cultural strategy in the field of visual arts, developing projects focused on transnational histories of art, collaborating with museums, galleries and private collections internationally.

We had a chance to chat with Osei to find out more about this year’s Curiosa exhibition. Listen to our podcast below and find out about this specialized sector, this year’s theme, curatorial process, the artists featured, and much more!

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Osei Bonsu, photo by Noelle Hoeppe
Osei Bonsu, photo by Noelle Hoeppe
David Meskhi - Untitled, 2019, Elsa Parra Johanna Benainous, A Couple of Them 35
Left: David Meskhi – Untitled, 2019. Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Baryt paper, 60 x 43 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Kornfeld and the artist / Right: Elsa Parra and Johanna Benainous (Elsa & Johanna) – A Couple of Them 35, jet d’encre sur papier baryté, 2014-2016. Inkjet on Baryte paper, 5 ex + 2 EA, 90 x 63 cm. © Johanna Benaïnous & Elsa Parra, Courtesy Galerie La Forest Divonne
Nate Lewis - Volatile Tides Omnipotent Forces Stillness We Seek, 2018
Nate Lewis – Volatile Tides Omnipotent Forces Stillness We Seek, 2018. Hand-sculpted paper inkjet print, 26 x 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Fridman Gallery, New York
Marguerite Bornhauser - SANS-TITRE, MOISSON ROUGE, 2019, Elsa Leydier - Untitled #7
Left: Marguerite Bornhauser – SANS-TITRE, MOISSON ROUGE, 2019. Cibachrome framed in raw oak, 70 x 100 cm. © Marguerite Bornhauser. MADÉ / Right: Elsa Leydier – Untitled #7, Platanos con platino, 2017. Pigment print, 60 cm x 90 cm. Els Leydier, courtesy Intervalle
Alfredo Rodriguez - BodyBuilding Z05, 2019, Roman Moriceau - Botanische Garten Neu 2 IV, 2018
Left: Alfredo Rodriguez – BodyBuilding Z05, 2019, Silver Gelatin on mixed media., 200 X 120 CM, Espacio Valverde. ESPACIO VALVERDE / Right: Roman Moriceau – Botanische Garten Neu 2 IV, 2018. Copper dust on paper, 134 x 97 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galerie Derouillon, Paris
Morvarid K. - Ecotone 1, 2019
Morvarid K. – Ecotone 1, 2019. Kintsugi on paper, 50 x 50 cm. © Fisheye Gallery

Featured images: Nydia Blas – Way Up, 2017. Archival pigment print, 149.9 x 246.4 cm (59 x 97 in). Nydia Blas. OVER THE INFLUENCE; Andrés Denegri – Clamor (exhibition view), 2015. Installation, dimensions variable measures. Copyright Andrés Denegri, courtesy ROLF ART; Leandro Feal, From the serie “Ya la vida cambió”, 2017. Ultrachrome imprint on Baryta paper 310 gr, 7×10 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Cibrián Gallery; Livia Mihaltianu – Cette histoire n’est pas fantastique, 2018. Steel, 15 x 15 x 5 cm. Copyright Olivia Mihaltianu, courtesy ANCA POTERASU. All images courtesy Paris Photo 2019.