Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Okwui Enwezor



Okwui Enwezor is an educator, poet, writer, art critic, and curator specializing in art history. He lives in New York and San Francisco.

He is currently Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at San Francisco Art Institute. He has held positions as Visiting Professor in art history at University of Pittsburgh; Columbia University, New York; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of Umea, Sweden. Enwezor is the Artistic Director of Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla, in Seville, Spain.

His writings have appeared in numerous journals, catalogues, books, and magazines including: Third Text, Documents, Texte zur Kunst, Grand Street, Parkett, Artforum, Frieze, Art Journal, Research in African Literatures, Index on Censorship, Engage, Glendora, and Atlantica.

Among his books are: "Reading the Contemporary: African Art, from Theory to the Marketplace" (MIT Press, Cambridge and INIVA, London) and "Mega Exhibitions: Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form" (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich), Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art", and "The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society". He is also the editor of a four volume publication of "Documenta 11 Platforms: Democracy Unrealized; Experiments with Truth: Transitional Justice and the Processes of Truth and Reconciliation; Creolité and Creolization; Under Siege: Four African Cities, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos" (Hatje Cantz, Verlag, Stuttgart).

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