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Elvira Dyangani Ose

Staff details

PositionLecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email e.dyangani-ose (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 020 7919 7496
Elvira Dyangani Ose

Academic qualifications

2011    MA (Master of Arts) Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (Currently completing PhD)

2006    MArch (Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture) History and Theory of Architecture, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona

1996    BA (Honours) History of Art, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Teaching

As of the academic year 2014–2015, I will be teaching two BA second year two modules entitled, ‘Museums, Galleries, Exhibitions: Unpacking the Field I and II’ and I am part of the team teaching the BA first year module Modernities.

 

Selected Curatorial Projects

2013

Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist, Tate Modern, London (Co-curator) Across the board, Sponsored by Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Tate Modern, London

2010

Salon Urbaine de Douala, SUD, Doual’art, Douala, Cameroon (Co-curator) Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, Spain

Arte inVisible / inVisible Art, AECID, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo and Feria Internacional de ARte COntemporáneo | ARCOmadrid, Madrid

2009

Bienvenidos al Paraiso / Nontsikelelo Veleko, Casa Africa, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

2008

Africalls?, Casa Africa, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain Multipistes.org: Artists-in-Residence, Casa Africa, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

2007

Tentativa de Agotar un Lugar Africano / Attempt to Exhaust an African Place, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona

2006

Olvida quién soy / Erase me from who I am, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

2005

Tres escenarios / Three Scenarios, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Conferences

2013

Panelist, Black Collectivities, Museum of Contemporary Art and Northwestern University, Chicago

2011

Awarded Fellow, Workshop on Diasporic African Arts & Black Esthetics, Duke University, North Carolina 

Panelist, Fifteenth Triennial Symposium on African Art, Arts Council of the African Studies Association, ACASA, Los Angeles

2010

Conference Convenor, Cities We Own, Cities We Belong To: Cultural Dynamics and Social Change in Contemporary African Cities, AECID, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional and Feria Internacional de ARte COntemporáneo | ARCOmadrid, Madrid

2009

Keynote Speaker, The 28th State: European Borders in an Age of Anxiety, Chelsea College of Art & Design and Tate Britain, London

Conference Convenor, Custom Markets, Custom Alternatives: Perspectives on Contemporary Practice in Africa, AECID, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional and Feria Internacional de ARte COntemporáneo | ARCOmadrid, Madrid

2008

Conference Convenor, Africalls?, Casa Africa, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain  

2007

Conference Convenor, Tentativa de Agotar un Lugar Africano / Attempt to Exhaust an African Place, CASM, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona

2006

Conference Convenor, Olvida quién soy / Erase me from who I am, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, CAAM, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Research Interests

From the beginning of my career, both curatorial and academic realms have intermingled, with my research constituting an essential part of my curatorial work (and vice-versa). All the projects I engage with are also opportunities to further develop fieldwork on the subjects concerned – whether the result of that fieldwork ends up developing into an exhibition, a collection, an essay, a book, or a seminar – or a sought-after union of all or some of the above. I am interested in the relationship between global arts, post-colonial and museums studies and curatorial thinking, with particular emphasis in its impact on modern and contemporary African art. Currently, I’m completing my doctoral dissertation entitled The Poetics of the Infra-ordinary. The Aesthetic of Recognition in Contemporary Urban Africa, for which I carried out substantial research on the role of African artist collectives in the constitution of a public sphere and the definition of public space in Africa. In parallel, I am curating the 8th edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, (GIBCA 2015), which explores the production of historical narratives and the role of artists in history-making.