Foreword by Camille Weiner
Text by Osei Bonsu, Rachel Cargle, Mutombo Da Poet, Aja Monet
Interview with Paul Schimmel
The first monograph on the sinuous, exhilaratingly colorful and pattern-filled portraiture of Amoako Boafo.
Ghanaian painter Amoako Boafo has built a practice synthesizing the ways that art both reflects and perpetuates the power of representation. Amoako Boafo is the first monograph to comprehensively examine the artist's career to date. Heavily illustrated and featuring original contributions by Osei Bonsu, Rachel Cargle, Mutombo Da Poet and Aja Monet, the book also presents an insightful and expansive conversation with the artist by Paul Schimmel.
Exclusively portraying individuals from the diaspora and beyond, Boafo invites a reflection on Black subjectivity, diversity and complexity. His portraits, notable for their bold colors and patterns, celebrate his subjects as a means to challenge portrayals that objectify and dehumanize Blackness. As Boafo has stated, “the primary idea of my practice is representation, documenting, celebrating and showing new ways to approach Blackness.”
Published by Roberts Projects, 2022
Hardcover with 208 pages
13 x 8 3/4 inches (33.02 x 22.22cm)