Visual Vanguard: Bisi Silva

Location: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh (Map it)

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Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos) where she initiated an innovative art program created with the aims of filling a gap in Nigeria's educational system.

She 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).   

A frequent participant in international conferences and symposia, Silva has published in journals and art magazines including Artforum, Third Text, ​and  ​ The Exhibitionis ​t and contributed essays to several exhibition catalogues. ​  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).   

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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.

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