BAHM | 2.28.18 | Okwui Enwezor
Okwui Enwezor is a Nigerian curator, art historian, writer and educator. He has been the Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich since 2011. In 2015, he was appointed Curator of the 56th Venice Biennale, All the World’s Futures, the first African-born curator in the biennial's history. In 1993, he along with Chika Okeke-Agulu and Salah Hassan, started Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art, one of today's leading critical journals of contemporary African art, published biannually by Duke University Press, and featuring the frequent contribution of scholar Olu Oguibe.
In 1996, Enwezor curated the groundbreaking exhibition, In/Sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present, featuring the work of 30 African photographers at the Guggenheim Museum. This exhibition, with a range from studio portraiture, architectural photography and photojournalism, was one of the first to examine the role of photography during the struggles for independence and into the postcolonial period. In 2006 he curated the exhibition, Snap Judgements: New Positions in Contemporary African Photograph, for the International Center of Photography. This exhibition expanded on the role of contemporary African photographers within a global context and focused on conceptual, art, documentary, and fashion photography.
Enwezor has served as the Adjunct Curator for the International Center of Photography in NY, the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Fellow at the Whitney Museum in NY. He served as the first non-European Artistic Director of Documenta 11 in Germany from 1998 to 2002. He has served as Artistic Director for a number of other biennial and triennial festivals in South Africa, Spain, South Korea, Mexico, and Japan. He frequently contributes art criticism and theory to exhibition catalogues, anthologies and journals, including Third Text, Artforum, Art Journal, and Freize. In 2017, he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize.