Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art,Lagos (CCA,Lagos) which opened in December 2007. She co-curated The Progress of Love, a transcontinental collaboration across three venues in Nigeria and America. (Oct 2012 -Jan2013). She was co-curator of J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere:Moments of Beauty, Kiasma, Helsinki (April-Nov2011). 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.
Silva has participated in several international conferences and symposia and written essays for many publications as well as for international art magazines and journals such as Artforum, Third Text, The Exhibitionist, and is on the editorial board of Art South Africa, N.Paradoxa. She is guest editor for Manifesta Journal: Around Curatorial Practices No17 (Sept2013). She was a member of the international jury for the 55th Venice Biennale (June 2013).
She has been the recipient of several prestigious international fellowships and residencies including Clark/Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at Clark Art Institute, MA, 2011, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Scholars’ Residency Programme, Italy in July 2012 and at Sacatar Institute, Bahia, Brazil, (July –Sept 2013).
Bisi Silva was recently appointed as the Artistic Director of the 10th Bamako Encounters: African Biennale of Photography taking place in Nov/Dec 2015