Okwui Enwezor is the director of Haus der Kunst in Munich. He is a curator, an art critic, an editor and a writer. Enwezor’s wide ranging practice spans the world of international exhibitions, museums, academia, and publishing. He is currently Joanne Cassulo Fellow at Whitney Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and Adjunct Curator at International Center of Photography, New York. He is the founder and editor of Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art published by Duke University Press.
Enwezor has held academic appointments as Dean of Academic Affairs and Senior Vice President at San Francisco Art Institute (2005-2009); Visiting Professor in the Department of Art History and Architecture at University of Pittsburgh and University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Visiting Professor at the Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University, New York. In the Spring of 2012, he will serve as Kirk Varnedoe Visiting Professor at Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Amongst his numerous curatorial credits, he was Artistic Director of 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1996-1998), Artistic Director of documenta 11, Kassel, Germany (1998-2002), Artistic Director of 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville, Spain (2005-2007), and Artistic Director of 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008). His many exhibitions include The Short Century: Independence and Liberation Movements in Africa, 1945-1994, Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Century City, Tate Modern, London; Mirror’s Edge, Bildmuseet, Umea; In/Sight: African Photographers, 1940-Present, Guggenheim Museum; Global Conceptualism, Queens Museum, New York; David Goldblatt: Fifty One Years, Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; Stan Douglas: Le Detroit, Art Institute of Chicago; Snap Judgments: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, International Center of Photography, New York; The Unhomely: Phantom Scenes in Global Society, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Seville, and Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art, at International Center of Photography, New York. He is also completing work on several projects including: The Rise and Fall of Apartheid and Sun in their Eyes: Photography and the Invention of Africa, 1839-1939, both for International Center of Photography; and 1979-1989: Art and Culture Between Revolutions.
His recent publications include: Archive Fever: Uses of the Document in Contemporary Art (Steidl and ICP, 2008), and Contemporary African Art Since 1980 (Damiani Editore, 2009) with Chika Okeke-Agulu. He was the co-editor with Terry Smith and Nancy Condee of Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity: (Duke University Press, 2008). His forthcoming books include James Casebere: Works, 1975-2010, a monograph on the work of the American artist; and Archaeology of the Present: The Postcolonial Archive, Photography, and African Modernity which will be published in 2012.