Grace Wales Bonner takes over the latest edition of a magazine organized by


LONDON – Grace Wales Bonner edited the latest edition of A magazine organized by. Entitled “Rhapsody in the Street”, the magazine’s 22nd edition is an “academic and visual survey” of Wales Bonner’s interests and research spanning 200 pages.

The issue showcases the tradition of 20th century black poetry, literature and portrait photography, and features a selection of archival portfolios and other historical ephemera, as well as essays, poems, paintings and newly commissioned portraits.

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The new work includes visual portfolios photographed in Los Angeles, London, Miami, Paris and New York, with the black portrait at the center of each. A highlight is a series of self-portraits by Paris-based Cameroonian photographer Samuel Fosso, bearing archival drawings by Wales Bonner.

The work was carried out in collaboration with the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and the images are included in Fosso’s first retrospective exhibition in France. They also appear as limited edition prints inserted inside each copy of the issue.

Conversations about the Jamaican dancehall tradition (a theme from one of Wales Bonner’s songs recent shows); the Kamoinge Photographic Group in Harlem, NY, and an archive of previously unseen Ghanaian film photographs sit alongside paintings and poems by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, John Goto’s Lovers’ Rock series and new poems by Roger Robinson.

In an email interview with Wales Bonner, who won the LVMH Prize in 2016, said writing the issue has given him “the opportunity to connect and reconnect with people who have truly inspired my practice. That way it looks like an ongoing conversation. For [us], this moment is really important; he has mentored the development of the brand over the past few years and has added more depth and insight to our work.

The point, she said, was for people to feel “a kind of continuation of the story and the contextualization of [the brand’s] work, but also how community and stories are interconnected and interwoven.

Wales Bonner described the problem as a “deep dive into a world in which we are linked and continue to sit side by side.” I wanted to learn more about artists and their art, reflecting on style through street photography.

She admitted that writing a magazine, while rewarding, was hard work.

“It was a huge undertaking,” said the designer. “I think maybe I underestimated the amount of work. it reminded me of the exhibition I did the Serpentine and so many new currents of thought and development have arisen from this experience. Likewise, with that, I’m excited to know where these connections will lead in the future.

Among the guest editors of Belgian magazine A Magazine Curated By were Alessandro Michele, Delfina Delettrez, Kim Jones, Lucie and Luke Meier and Yohji Yamamoto.


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