"In the prolix environment of art fairs and endless institutional group shows that make no attempt to hide their pilfering ideas from previous Biennials and Documentas, have the grand exhibitions become victims of their own radical difference?"
Okwui Enwezor: History Lesson; Art Forum (Sept 2007)
Okwui Enwezor is Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at San Francisco Art Institute. He is Adjunct Curator at the International Center of Photography, New York. Enwezor is founder and editor of the critical art journal Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art published by the Africana Study Center, Cornell University. Most recently Enwezor is serving as the Artistic Director of the 7th Gwangju Biennale (opens September, 2008). He was also Artistic Director of the 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain (2005-2007); Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (1998-2002) and 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1996-1998). He has curated numerous exhibitions in museums around the world including: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, P.S.1 and Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Bildmuseet, Umea, Vancouver Art Gallery; Tramway, Glasgow; Castello di Rivoli, Torino; Guggenheim Museum and Queens Museum, New York and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Amongst his books are Reading the Contemporary: African Art, from Theory to the Marketplace (MIT Press, Cambridge and INIVA, London) co-edited with Olu Oguibe and Mega Exhibitions: Antinomies of a Transnational Global Form (Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich). He is co-editor of Modernity and Contemporaneity: Antinomies of Art and Culture after 20th Century (Duke University Press, 2007).