BAHM | 2.13.18 | Bisi Silva
Bisi Silva is an independent curator, based in Lagos, Nigeria. She is the founding director and curator of the Centre of Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos), which opened in 2007. She was the co-curator of the Dak'Art Biennial in 2006. In 2011, she curated, J.D Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty, the first comprehensive exhibition of the late Nigerian photographer, for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki and CCA, Lagos. And in 2015, she served as Artistic Director for the 10th Bamako Encounters Biennale of African Photography in Mali. From CCA, Lagos, Silva also runs the Àsìkò International Art School, an itinerant program that travels to various countries in Africa to help develop the critical methods for artistic and curatorial production at the local level through a series of conversations with international artists, scholars, curators, and cultural practitioners.
At CCA, Lagos, Silver has curated a number of exhibitions including El Anatsui: Playing with Chance in 2014, an archival tracing of the artists work over the past 40 years. In 2013, she curated No One Belongs Here More Than You, in collaboration with the Museum of the African Diaspora, NY, and featuring the work of Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Nnenna Okore, three Nigerian artists working in the U.S. for an extended period of time under the Fullbright Scholarship and the Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2012, she curated The Progress of Love, an unprecedented transatlantic collaboration between CCA,Lagos, The Menil Collection, Houston and The Pulitzer Foundation.
Silva has also contributed writing to a number of exhibition catalogues and publications, including Third Text, and is on the editorial board of N Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal. CCA, Lago recently published, Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa, chronicling 6 editions of the program and the work of more than 70 cultural producers who have participated.