The Power Plant

Bisi Silva: Curating Africa? The Shifting Curatorial Paradigm

Fri Oct 24 2014

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

FREE with daily Art Toronto admission

3-Day Pass

$20 Members / $40 Non-Members
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Art Toronto Stage,
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Bisi Silva. Photo: Natalie Snow

Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the Founder and Director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos which opened in Nigeria in December 2007. She has co-curated many international exhibitions including The Progress of Love, a transcontinental collaboration across three venues in Nigeria and America (2012). In 2006 Silva was one of the curators for the Dakar Biennale in Senegal and was a member of the international jury for the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013.

The past decade has witnessed the growth of independent spaces, biennial events and festivals in Africa, as well as artists initiated projects, many of which take on an intra-continental dimension. Within this context curatorial initiatives are developing through which new discourse on the presentation and the reception of Contemporary Art from Africa and its Diaspora is being articulated. Silva will use the art sector in Nigeria and the activities of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos as the point of departure to engage the evolving art dynamics on the continent.