Elvira Dyangani Ose

Staff details

Position Lecturer 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.

Publications

Edited Book

'Uses of Memory’, Cuaderno SESC Videobrasil 10
Dyangani Ose, Elvira, ed. 2014. 'Uses of Memory’, Cuaderno SESC Videobrasil 10. Associação Cultural Videobrasil, Sao Paulo: Edições Sesc-SP & Associação Cultural Videobrasil.

Book Section

How about this? On a sense of togetherness. Elvira Dyangani and Magdalena Malm in conversation.
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2017. How about this? On a sense of togetherness. Elvira Dyangani and Magdalena Malm in conversation. In: Magdalena Malm, ed. Curating Context: Beyond the Gallery and into Other Fields. Sweden: Art and Theory Publishing. ISBN 978-91-88031-45-7

‘Becoming Post-apartheid and other history-related consideration in the collective work of Kemang Wa Lehulere
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2017. ‘Becoming Post-apartheid and other history-related consideration in the collective work of Kemang Wa Lehulere. In: , ed. Kemang Wa Lehulere. Bird Song. Berlin, Germany: Hatje Cantz Verlag. ISBN 978-3-7757-4280-1

Hypothesis for an Institution
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2016. Hypothesis for an Institution. In: Mario Mainetti, ed. Recto Verso Quaderno. #4 Milano: Fondazione Prada.

'A Tendency to Forget, An Urgency to Remember' Introduction and Interview to Angela Ferreira.
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2015. 'A Tendency to Forget, An Urgency to Remember' Introduction and Interview to Angela Ferreira. In: Ferreira de Carvalho Nuno, ed. NOVO BANCO Photo 2015: Ângela Ferreira, Ayrson Heráclito, Edson Chagas. Lisboa Portugal: Museu Coleção Berardo. ISBN 978-989-8239-46-4

‘The right to the city. The appropriation of public space in Nick Cave’s work’
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2014. ‘The right to the city. The appropriation of public space in Nick Cave’s work’. In: , ed. Nick Cave: Epitome. Prestel, pp. 240-267. ISBN 978-3791349169

Random Anecdotes
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2013. Random Anecdotes. In: Madeleine Grynsztejn; Federica Martini and Vittoria Martini, eds. Alfredo Jaar Venezia Venezia, Pavilion of Chile 55 International Art Exhibition la Biennale di Venezia 2013. Barcelona; New York: Actar. ISBN 978-0-989331-73-9

Surrounding the Word: Towards an Aesthetic of Ritual
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2004. Surrounding the Word: Towards an Aesthetic of Ritual. In: , ed. De Boca en Boca: Estudios de Literatura Oral de Guinea. Spain: Ceiba Ediciones.

Article

Everybody is Welcome
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2010. Everybody is Welcome. Visible,

Conference or Workshop Item

States of Opacity. Lahore Biennial
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2018. 'States of Opacity. Lahore Biennial'. In: States of Opacity. Lahore Biennial. Lahore, Pakistan March 18 to March 31 2018.

States of Opacity. Art, Politics and New Social Imaginaries. International Symposium at Dakart 2016
Dyangani Ose, Elvira and Ambrožič, Mara. 2016. 'States of Opacity. Art, Politics and New Social Imaginaries. International Symposium at Dakart 2016'. In: States of Opacity. 12th Dakart biennial. Dakar, Senegal.

‘The Poetics of the Infra-ordinary: The Aesthetic of Recognition in Contemporary African Art’
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2012. '‘The Poetics of the Infra-ordinary: The Aesthetic of Recognition in Contemporary African Art’'. In: Koyo Kouoh, Condition Report, Raw Material Company. Dakar, Senegal.

Exhibition Catalogue

Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer
Dyangani Ose, Elvira and Mainetti, Mario. 2016. Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer.

Theaster Gates - True value
Mainetti, Mario and Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2016. Theaster Gates - True value.

Quaderno: Template Temples of Tenacity: Nástio Mosquito
Dyangani Ose, Elvira and Mainetti, Mario. 2016. Quaderno: Template Temples of Tenacity: Nástio Mosquito.

A Story Within a Story. Catalogue. 8th edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA)
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2015. A Story Within a Story. Catalogue. 8th edition of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA).

Carrie Mae Weems. Social Studies
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2010. Carrie Mae Weems. Social Studies.

Arte Invisible (editor)
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2010. Arte Invisible (editor).

Bienvenidos al Paraiso
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2009. Bienvenidos al Paraiso.

Arte Invisible (editor)
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2009. Arte Invisible (editor).

Olvida Quién Soy/ Erase Me From Who I Am
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2006. Olvida Quién Soy/ Erase Me From Who I Am.

Tres Escenarios
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2005. Tres Escenarios.

Memoria y Desconcierto. Arte de Guinea Ecuatorial
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2002. Memoria y Desconcierto. Arte de Guinea Ecuatorial.

Project

Visible Art Awards 2017
Wielander, Judith and Luccheti, Mateo. 2017. Visible Art Awards 2017.

Show/Exhibition

Biennial of Moving Image. Geneva. 2016
Bellini, Andrea; Dyangani Ose, Elvira; Bourgeois, Caroline and Alemani, Cecilia. 2016. Biennial of Moving Image. Geneva. 2016. In: "15th edition Biennial of Moving Image", Centre d'art Contemporain, Geneve, Switzerland.

Slight Agitation. 4/4 Laura Lima
Dyangani Ose, Elvira; Bashar, Shumon; Roelstraete, Dieter and Liber, Cédric. 2016. Slight Agitation. 4/4 Laura Lima. In: "Slight Agitation Laura Lima", Fondazione Prada Milan, Italy, october 2016 - september 2018.

Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2016. Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer. In: "Betye Saar: Uneasy Dancer", Fondazione Prada Milan, Italy, 15 September 2016 – 8 January 2017.

Theaster Gates - True Value
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2016. Theaster Gates - True Value. In: "True Value", Fondazione Prada Milano, Italy, July - September 2016.

Nástio Mosquito: T.T.T.-Template Temples of Tenacity
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2016. Nástio Mosquito: T.T.T.-Template Temples of Tenacity. In: "Nástio Mosquito: T.T.T.-Template Temples of Tenacity", Fondazione Prada Milan, Italy, 7 July – 25 September 2016.

RECTO VERSO
Dyangani Ose, Elvira; Bashar, Shumon; Liber, Cédric and Roelstraete, Dieter. 2015. RECTO VERSO. In: "RECTO VERSO", Fondazione Prada Milan, Italy, 3 December 2015 – 14 February 2016.

A Story Within A Story. 8th edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, GIBCA 2015
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2015. A Story Within A Story. 8th edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, GIBCA 2015. In: "GIBCA. Göthenburg Biennial 2015", Gothenburg, Sweden, September 12 - November 22 2015.

Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2013. Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist. In: "Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist", Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, 3 July – 22 September 2013.

Across The Board
Dyangani Ose, Elvira. 2012. Across The Board. In: "Across The Board", London, United Kingdom, November 2012 – March 2014.