David A. Bailey

Artist, Curator, Writer


Born:1961
Country: United Kingdom

David A. Bailey MBE is a photographer, writer, curator, lecturer and cultural facilitator. Bailey lives and works in London and Nassau, The Bahamas.

Bailey's practice is focused on the issues relating to black representations in the area of photography and artists' film. These interests informed his appointment as an advisor on the founding bodies that established Autograph (ABP) and the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) in 1994.

One of his main concerns are the notions of diaspora and black representation in art. He co-curated the seminal exhibitions 'Back to Black - Art, Cinema and the Racial Imaginary' with Petrine Archer-Straw and Richard J. Powell at Whitechapel Art Gallery in London (1995) and 'Rhapsodies in Black: Art of the Harlem Renaissance' with Richard J. Powell at The Hayward Gallery in London (1997) and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.. Bailey has extensively written about photography and film. From 1996 to 2002, he was Co-Director of the African and Asian Visual Artists Archive (AAVAA) at the University of East London. Until the end of 2009, he was Senior Curator of Autograph ABP, and Curator of the organisation PLATFORM's Remember Saro-Wiwa Living Memorial. He is founder and director of the International Curators Forum ICF and currently is Acting Director of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas in Nassau. David A. Bailey was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2007, for services to art.

He worked as an associate curator at inIVA from 2003-2005. David A Bailey's personal archive is held in Iniva's Stuart Hall Library.