Okwui Enwezor

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Okwui Enwezor (23 October 1963 – 15 March 2019) was a Nigerian curator, art critic, writer, poet, and educator, specializing in art history. He lived in New York City and Munich.


  • editor, Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1994-2019. [1] [2] (English)
  • "Redrawing the Boundaries: Toward a New African Art Discourse", Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art 1:1, Fall/Winter 1994, pp 3-7. [3] [4] (English)
  • "Lagos in the Culture of Twentieth-Century Modernity", in Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis, ed. Iwona Blazwick, London: Tate Gallery, 2001, pp 44-57. Catalogue essay. Excerpt. (English)
  • editor, The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa 1945-1994, Munich: Prestel, 2001, 496 pp, IA. Chronology. Exh. held at Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Feb-Apr 2001; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, May-Jul 2001; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Sep-Dec 2001; MoMA PS1, Feb-May 2002. Reviews: Jackson (Afr Stud R), Denzer (Antipode). Exh. reviews: Eze (Antipode), Demissie (Antipode), Beidelman (Am Anthr). (English)
    • "O breve século: movimentos de independência e libertação na África, 1945-94: uma introdução", in Histórias afro-atlânticas, vol. 2: antologia, eds. Adriano Pedrosa, Amanda Carneiro, André Mesquita, São Paulo: Museu de Arte de São Paulo (MASP), and Instituto Tomie Ohtake, 2018. Trans. of Enwezor's introduction. (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • Enwezor et al. (eds.), Documenta 11: Platform, 5 vols., Kassel: Documenta, and Ostfildern-Ruit: Hatje Cantz, 2002-2003. Volumes: 1. "Democracy Unrealized", 2002, 411 pp, IA; 2. "Experiments with Truth: Transitional Justice and the Processes of Truth and Reconciliation", 2002, 404 pp; 3. "Creolité and Creolization", 2003, 273 pp; 4. "Under Siege: Four African Cities, Freetown, Johannesburg, Kinshasa, Lagos", 454 pp; 5. "Exhibition", 2002, 620+50 pp, IA. Review: Martin (Radical Phil). (English)
    • Enwezor, "The Black Box", in Documenta 11 Platform: Exhibition, 2002, pp 44-55. (English)
  • editor, The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, Sevilla: Fundación Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla (BIACS), 2006, 335 pp. Catalogue. (English)
  • with Chika Okeke-Agulu, Contemporary African Art Since 1980, Bologna: Damiani, 2009, 366 pp. Preface, Chs 1-7. (English)
    • "Situando a arte contemporânea Africana", in Africa africans: arte contemporânea, São Paulo: Museu Afro Brasil, 2015. Trans. of Chapter 1 ("Situating Contemporary African Art"). (Brazilian Portuguese)
  • editor, Events of the Self: Portraiture and Social Identity: Contemporary African Photography from the Walther Collection, Burlafingen: Walther Collection, and Göttingen: Steidl, 2010, 445 pp. Catalogue. (English)
  • editor, Intense Proximity: An Anthology of the Near and the Far. La Triennale 2012, Paris: Centre national des arts plastiques: Artlys, 2012, 687 pp. Catalogue. (English)
  • editor, with Rory Bester, Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, Munich: Prestel, 2013, 543 pp. Catalogue. Excerpt. Review: Von Blum (Afr Arts). (English)
  • editor, Frank Bowling: Mappa Mundi, Munich: Prestel, and Haus der Kunst, 2017, 286 pp. Catalogue. Review: Zabunyan (Critique d'art). (English)
  • editor, Sarah Sze: Centrifuge, Cologne: Buchhandlung Walther König, 2018, 128 pp. Catalogue. (English)