Guillaume Bonn (French/Malagasy, born 1970)
The Green Line – Mogadishu, 2013
Signed ‘Guillaume Bonn’ (lower right)
1/6 Edition, inkjet photographic print on premium semi-gloss paper
64 x 80 cm
(US$ 2, 000-3,000)
Sold Ksh 328,720
Provenance: direct from the artist
This photograph is from Guillaume Bonn’s body of work Mosquito Coast: Travels from Maputo to Mogadishu, in which Bonn documented remnants of colonial legacy amidst transformative changes that are reshaping the coast of Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Somalia. The series was published into a monograph in 2016 of which The Green Line – Mogadishu is the cover image.
For the last 20 years, Bonn, who is from the third generation of a French family born in Madagascar, has reported on conflict, social and environmental issues. He studied Economics and International Politics at Universite de Montreal and Universite du Quebec a Montreal before graduating from the International Center of Photography in New York.
Bonn is the recipient of a PDN Award, the POPCAP 12 Prize for African Contemporary Photography, a grant from the Pulitzer Center for crisis reporting in 2014 and was nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2012, 2014 and 2015. He is the author of three photographic books, including his first monograph Le Mal d’Afrique: A Jouney into Old and New Africa.
His work has been published in prestigious journals and magazines including The Wall Street Journal Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, The Economist, Time, Conde Nast Traveller and Tatler. Bonn has exhibited in festivals and exhibitions in France, the USA, China, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Australia and more.