bisi silva
Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos), which opened in December 2007. She was co-curator of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, “Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty” (September 2009), as well as “Maputo: A tale of One City” (February 2009). In 2008 she was co-selector with Portuguese curator Isabel Carlos for the international Artists’ Prize, Artes Mundi 3. In 2007 Silva co-curated “Contact Zone: Contemporary Art from West and North Africa” at the National Museum of Mali, as well as “Telling… Contemporary Finnish Photography” at the 7th African photography biennale in Bamako. As director of CCA, Lagos, she has curated “Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi and The Art of the Album Cover” (2007); “Ndidi Dike, Waka-into-bondage: The Last ¾ Mile” (2008) and “George Osodi, Paradise Lost: Revisiting the Niger Delta” (2008) as well as “‘Like A Virgin...’, Lucy Azubuike (NIG)” and “Zanele Muholi (SA)” (2009). In 2006 Silva co-curated the Dakar Biennale in Senegal. Other recent curatorial projects include “In the light of Play” at Durban Art Gallery and Johannesburg Art Fair (March/April 2009) and “Chance Encounters’,Seven Contemporary Artists from Africa” at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India (April/May 2009) and Sakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan (Aug/Oct 2009). Silva has written for international art magazines and journals such as Artforum,, Art Monthly, Untitled, Third Text, M Metropolis, Agufon, and for Nigerian newspapers such as ThisDay and 234Next. She is on the editorial board of N Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal.
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