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Curator, Writer

Okwui Enwezor

  • CountryNigeria
  • Born1962


Okwui Enwezor was born in Kalaba, Nigeria, a small city on the border of Cameroon. In 1983 he moved to New York to study political science at Jersey City State College.

He is the founding member and co-editor of ‘Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art’, which is co-published by the Africana Studies Centre at Cornell University, New York. His writings appear in the international press on contemporary art and in the context of African Studies.

Since the mid-nineties, his activity has been focused on curating.

Okwui Enwezor was the artistic director of Documenta 11, Kassel and of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale. He co-curated ‘Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s’ shown at the Queens Museum of Art, 1999; ‘Cinco Continentes y una Ciudad’, Mexico-City, 1998; ‘In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 – present’, Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1996.

He is also adjunct curator of contemporary art at the Art Institute of Chicago.