The Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain Dak’Art / Biennial of Contemporary African Art Dak’art announced the guest curators for it’s 13th edition in 2018 titled ‘The Red Hour’.
Alongside Simon Njami, who returns as the artistic director , the Dak’Art has invited Elvira Dyangani Ose, Marisol Rodriguez, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung , Alya Sebti and Hou Hanru. Each of them will curate a collective show with 3-5 selected artists.
Elvira Dyangani Ose is senior curator at Creative Time, Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, and independent curator and member of the Thought Council at the Fondazione Prada, where she has curated the exhibitions, Theaster Gates’s True Value, Nástio Mosquito’s T.T.T. Template Temples of Tenacity and Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer, among others. Elvira Dyangani Ose was part of the curatorial team of the Biennale de l’Image en Mouvement 2016 in Geneva, Curator of the eighth edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary art, (GIBCA 2015) and Curator International Art at Tate Modern (2011 – 2014).
Marisol Rodriguez is a journalist, curator and independent researcher, editor and co-founder of Mono Ediciones, and is based in Paris and Mexico City. She currently works as a freelancer for Confabulario, the cultural supplement of El Universal in Mexico, Letras Libres, and other publications and and websites in Mexico and abroad.
Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, PhD, is an independent art curator and biotechnologist, he is founder and artistic director of Savvy Contemporary Berlin and editor-in-chief of Savvy Journal for critical texts on contemporary African art. He is currently curator-at-large for documenta 14. Recent curatorial projects include ‘The Conundrum of Imagination’, 2017; ‘An Age of our Own Making’, 2016–17; ‘Unlearning the Given: Exercises in Demodernity and Decoloniality’, 2016; and ‘The Incantation of the Disquieting Muse’, 2016. Ndikung has lectured at Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle, Berlin; Aalto University, Helsinki; Art Basel; MASS Alexandria; University of Fine Arts of Hamburg; and the Gwangju Biennale.
Alya Sebti, is a curator and the director of the ifa-Galerie in Berlin. The Moroccan-born art historian worked internationally as independent curator and author since 2010. She was Artistic Director of the 5th Marrakech Biennale (2011-14), and curator, among others, of the exhibitions “Carrefour/Treffpunkt” at the ifa Galleries, “Casablanca, energie noire” part of Mons 2015 – European Capital of Culture, “Now Eat My Script” at KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin (2014), and the residency program of Villa Romana in Florence.
Hou Hanru is a prolific writer and curator based in Rome, Paris, and San Francisco. Hou is the artistic director of MAXXI, National Museum of the 21st Century Arts in Rome and since 2015 consulting curator at the Guggenheim in New York. Hou gained international attention with Cities on the Move (1997-2000), a traveling exhibition he curated with Hans Ulrich Obrist. He curated many seminal exhibitions in Europe, the U.S., and Asia, including international biennials in Shanghai (2000), Istanbul (2007), the Chinese Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2007), and Lyon (2009). Hou is the former Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs, Chair of Exhibition and Museum Studies, San Francisco Art Institute since (2006-2012), co-director of World Biennale Forum (Gwangju, 2012).