BAHM | 2.11.18 | Salah Hassan
Salah Hassan is a leading art historian, critic and curator of contemporary African art, specifically Sudanese art. He is a founding editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art along with Okwui Enwezor and Olu Oguibe and served as contributing editor of African Arts.
Hassan also works as a professor of art history at Cornell University, State University of New York in Buffalo, University of Pennsylvania, and at the Khartoum School of Arts and Applied Arts in Sudan. He has contributed writing and editing to a number of publications and his book, Ibrahim El Salahi: A Visionary Modernist, was published in 2012 in conjunction with the major retrospective of the artist Ibrahmin El Salahi at the Tate Modern.
Hassan has curated some of the most influential international exhibitions of contemporary African art. In 1995, he was one of the curators of the controversial Seven Stories About Modern Art in Africa for the Africa '95 festival. His other projects include in 2001, Unpacking Europe at the Rotterdam and in 2004, 3x3: Three Artists/Three: David Hammons, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Pamela Z for the United States Pavilion at the Dak'Art Biennale.
He along with Olu Oguibe, co-curated the groundbreaking, Authentic/Ex-Centric: Africa In and Out of Africa for the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001, which explored the practice of conceptual art throughout Africa in the 1970s, in a post-independence era. Hassan helped create the Forum for African Art, which organized a meeting with the curator of the Venice Biennale, Harald Szeemann, during the Dakar Biennial, to advocate for the participation of African artists in major contemporary art exhibitions.