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Bisi Silva

Independent Curator, Founder and Director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder and director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos) which opened in December 2007. She is co-curator of The Progress of Love, a transcontinental collaboration across three venues in the United States and Nigeria (October 2012 – January 2013).

She was co-curator of J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty, Kiasma, Helsinki (April – November 2011). She was co-curator for the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty (September 2009). In 2006 Silva was one of the curators for the Dakar Biennale in Senegal.

At CCA, Lagos, she has curated Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi and The Art of the Album Cover (2007),  Ndidi Dike, Waka-into-bondage:The Last ¾ Mile (2008), Like A Virgin…, Lucy Azubuike (NIG) and Zanele Muholi (SA) (2009), J.D. Okhai Ojeikere; Sartorial Moments and The Nearness of Yesterday (2010), All We Ever Wanted (2011) and Occupy Nigeria (2012).

Silva has participated in several international conferences and symposia and written essays for many publications as well as for international art magazines and is on the editorial board of N.Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal and is the guest editor for the Africa and African Diaspora Issue of N.Paradoxa Journal (January 2013).