Visual Vanguard: Bisi Silva
Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder and artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria, an innovative independent arts organization which opened in 2007 to provide a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture. In 2012 CCA launched the ASIKO Art School, an intensive training program focused on the critical methodologies and history that underpin artistic practice, intended to address a gap in visual arts higher education for many artists, curators, and cultural practitioners across Africa. In her presentation, Silva will discuss her practice through these institutions and others, and will share future directions for her work.
Silva's presentation will be followed by a conversation with Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Block Museum Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs.
Presented in partnership with the Northwestern Libraries and the Department of Art History with the support of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Program of African Studies and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.
About Bisi Silva:
Silva was Artistic Director of the 10th Bamako Encounters, African Biennial of Photography (2015) in Mali, Co-Curator of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art in Greece (2009), and Co-Curator of the 7th Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennial (2006). She is the founder and curator of Asiko (2010- 2016 ) the pan-African roaming curatorial and pedagogical art school. She co-curated The Progress of Love, a transcontinental collaboration between the Menil Collection (Houston) Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (Missouri) and CCA Lagos (2012–13) and J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty at the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki (2011). Silva sits on the editorial/advisory boards of N.Paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal, and ContemporaryAnd. She was a member of the international jury for the Pinchuk Art Centre’s Future Generation Art Prize (2014), as well as the 55th Venice Biennale (2013).
The Block Museum's Visual Vanguard series offers conversations with a new generation of innovative arts leaders working internationally and transforming how we experience art today.