Curator, art critic, editor, poet and writer specialising in art history, Professor Okwui Enwezor is one of seven highly esteemed figures to be awarded an honorary degree at UCT's June or December graduation ceremonies this year.
A curator, art critic, editor and writer whose practice spans the world of international exhibitions, museums, academia and publishing, Enwezor's focus is African, European, Asiatic, North and South American art of the 20th and 21st centuries, the modern and contemporary art of Africa, and the contemporary art of the African diaspora. He also studies theories on diaspora and migration, postcolonial modernism, and the architecture and urbanism of postcolonial African cities.
He is the director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany, and the artistic director of the 56th Venice Biennale. He was the artistic director of the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale in South Africa (1996-1998), of documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany (1998-2002), the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemponineo de Sevilla in Spain (2005-2007), the 7th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea (2008) and the Triennal d'Art Contemporain of Paris at the Palais de Tokyo (2012).
Photo of Professor Okwui Enwezor courtesy of Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society, accessed via flickr.
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