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 ( 2011), as well as the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, ‘Praxis:Art in Times of Uncertainty,’ 2009. In 2006 Silva was one of the curators for the Dakar Biennale in Senegal. In 2010 she was the Independent Curators International (ICI), New York’s inaugural touring curator. Since 2011 she has been the curatorial advisor for Tiwani Contemporary, London.
At CCA, Lagos, her projects have included Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi and The Art of the Album Cover, 2007, Ndidi Dike, Waka-into-bondage:The Last ¾ Mile (2008)‘Like A Virgin…’, Lucy Azubuike(NIG) and Zanele Muholi (SA) (2009), On Independence and The Ambivalence of Promise (2010) J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere; Sartorial Moments and The Nearness of Yesterday (2010), All We Ever Wanted (2011) History/Materiality (2011), Occupy Nigeria (2012) and The Archive: Static, Embodied, Practiced (2013)
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, M Metropolis, Third Text, The Exhibitionist, TAKE on Art and is on the editorial board of Art South Africa N. Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal for which she was the guest editor for the Africa and African Diaspora Issue of N. Paradoxa Journal (Jan2013) and Manifesta Journal: Around Curatorial Practices No.17 (Sept 2013). She was a member of the Berlin Biennale 8 (2014) selection committee and 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 2012IASPIS Curatorial Residency, Sweden 2010, HIAP/FRAME, Curatorial Residency, Finland, 2006 &2009. She was a recipient of the Getty International Travel Grant to the 100th CAA Conference 2012 as well as a recipient of a curatorial research residency at Sacatar Institute, Bahia, Brazil, (July –Sept 2013).