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Ekow Eshun

(1968-), Editor and broadcaster

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Ghanaian-British writer, editor and curator Eshun studied politics and history at the London School of Economics, where he began editing the arts and features section for the University's weekly newspaper. He has been the editor of numerous magazines, including Tank, Arena and Mined. He was Artistic and Executive Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London (2005-10), during which time visitors rose by 38%. He holds an honorary doctorate from London Metropolitan University and is Chairman of the Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, overseeing London's most significant public art programme. He writes frequently for the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, The Face and the Observer. He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4 arts shows Saturday Review and Front Row. Eshun's Orwell Prize-nominated memoir, Black Gold of the Sun: Searching for Home in England and Africa (2005) explores issues of race and identity. In 2016, he curated a group exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery, London exploring the identity of the black dandy, Made You Look: Dandyism and Black Masculinity. In 2017, he edited the publication Africa Modern: Creating the Contemporary Art of a Continent, which marked the opening of Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. He is also Chairman of Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth Commissioning Group, and Creative Director of the arts space Calvert 22 Foundation, for which he has instigated an award-winning online magazine, The Calvert Journal.

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Ekow Eshun, by Simon Frederick - NPG P2055

Ekow Eshun

by Simon Frederick
archival inkjet print, 2016
NPG P2055

Ekow Eshun, by Jillian Edelstein - NPG x88422

Ekow Eshun

by Jillian Edelstein
bromide print, 1997
NPG x88422

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