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Salah M. Hassan and Olu Oguibe

Curators of Authentic / Ex-centric: Africa in and out of Africa

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Salah M. Hassan

Associate professor at Cornell University’s Africana Studies and Art History Departments. He is editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, and consulting editor for African Arts and Atlantica. He is author and editor of several books including Gendered Visions: The Art of Contemporary Africana Women Artists (1997), co-editor with Philip Altbach of The Muse of Modernity: Essays on Culture as Development in Africa (Africa World Press, 1996). He also contributed to art journals and edited anthologies including The Art of African Fashion (1998), Women, Patronage, and Self-Representation in Islamic Societies, edited by D. Fairchild Ruggles (1999); and Reading the Contemporary edited by Olu Oguibe and Okwui Enwezor (1999). Hassan is curator of Unpacking Europe, to open at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, December 2001, and the House of World Cultures in Berlin in September 14,2001; ev+a 2001 Expanded, Limerick, Ireland; , Apex Art, New York, 2000; Modernit(ies) and Memor(ies) at the 47th Venice Biennale, 1997.

Biographical notes as included in the Publication, 2001.

Current biography

Olu Oguibe

Artist, art historian, critic and curator. He has recently co-curated Century Cities for the Tate Modern in London, Cinco Continentes y Una Ciudad: 3rd International Salon of Painting for the Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico and Fresh Cream for Phaidon Press. As an artist, Oguibe’s works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in major museums and galleries around the world as well as triennials and biennials including, most recently, the 7th Bienal de la Habana. Oguibe is author and editor of several books including Uzo Egonu: An African Artist in the West and Reading the Contemporary: African Art from Theory to the Marketplace.

Biographical notes as included in the Publication, 2001.

See also his participation at documenta 14 in Kassel and in Athens


Emma Bedford, Associate Curator

Curator at the South African National Gallery in Cape Town. In 2000, she initiated the ongoing project, Fresh, which offers young artists a residency and a publication on their work. She has curated numerous exhibitions and written widely on contemporary South African art. She is active in art organizations in South Africa and served on the panel that selected the Artistic Director for the Johannesburg Biennale in 1997.

Biographical notes as included in the Publication, 2001.



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