CHRIS OFILI: PARADISE LOST
David Zwirner Books, 2018
In 2017, artist Chris Ofili photographed chain-link fences throughout the island of Trinidad in order to explore notions of beauty, community, liberation, and constraint.

This series of arresting images – ‘pocket photography’ as described by the artist – is the first body of photography ever published by Ofili, who has become well known for his vibrant, technically complex, and meticulously executed paintings and works on paper. Through these entrancing black-and-white photographs, the artist engages with the diverse sources that inspired his critically acclaimed Paradise Lost exhibition at David Zwirner, New York in the fall of 2017.

I was given complete freedom to organise the photographs in a subtle but logical way, and choose to arrange them according to the distance from the portrayed fence: from close up to far away. In this sense, as the reader leafs through the book from beginning to end, they get further removed from the chain-link fences to finally arrive at the photograph of Ofili’s son.

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︎  152×197 mm | 96 pages
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