In Conversation: Heather Agyepong and Osei Bonsu

Saturday 10th December

Heather Agyepong discusses her Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 commission with Osei Bonsu, Curator of International Art at Tate Modern.


Heather Agyepong discusses her Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 4 commission ego death with Osei Bonsu, Curator of International Art at Tate Modern.

Heather Agyepong’s ego death is a project inspired by psychiatrist Carl Jung’s concept of ‘The Shadow’. According to Jung, the shadow is composed of aspects of one’s personality deemed inappropriate, that have been shamed and repressed, generally during childhood and adolescence, by family, education, social norms and other external factors. Agyepong has recently been working to discover and explore her own shadow; confronting, and making peace with it through this body of work.


The conversation will last for up to an hour, followed by the chance to ask questions.

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About the speakers  

Heather Agyepong is a visual artist, performer and actor living and working in London. Her art practice concerns mental health and wellbeing, invisibility, the diaspora and the archive. Agyepong uses lens-based practices and performance to culminate a cathartic experience for both herself and the viewer. She adopts the technique of re-imagination to engage with communities of interest and the self as a central focus within the image. Her works have been published, performed and exhibited around the UK and internationally, and are held in several collections including Autograph ABP, Centre national des arts plastiques, Hyman Collection, New Orleans Museum of Art, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery and Mead Art Museum. Agyepong has been nominated for Prix Pictet and Paul Huf Award in 2016, 2018 and 2021; received the Firecracker Photographic Grant 2020; and was selected as part of Foam Talent 2021 and The Photographers Gallery New Talent Award in 2021. Agyepong was made Nikon Ambassador in summer 2022.

Osei Bonsu is a British-Ghanaian curator and writer based in London and Paris. He is currently a curator of International Art at Tate Modern, where he is responsible for organising exhibitions, developing the museum’s collection and broadening the representation of artists from Africa and the African diaspora. As a leading curator of contemporary art, he has advised museums, art fairs and private collections internationally and mentored emerging artists through his digital platform, Creative Africa Network. Bonsu has worked as a contributing editor for Frieze magazine and has contributed to a number of exhibition catalogues and arts publications including ArtReview, Numero Art and Vogue. Through his writing, Bonsu focuses on the relationship between art and issues of migration, race and identity in contemporary society. He has lectured widely on these subjects at various institutions including the University of Cambridge, Courtauld Institute of Art, and Royal College of Art among others. Bonsu holds a Masters in History of Art from University College London, and a BA in Curatorial Studies from Central Saint Martins. In 2020, he was named as one of Apollo Magazine’s ‘40 under 40’ leading African voices.