Adieu, Bisi Silva


Bisi Silva, the founding director and curator of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos, has passed.  Bisi, the younger sister of Nollywood actress, Joke Silva, died after a battle with cancer.

Bisi founded CCA Lagos in 2007, after her first degree in Foreign Languages in France. She earned a two-year MA in Visual Arts (Curating and Commissioning of contemporary Art) at the Royal College of Art in London.

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, is an independent non-profit making visual art organisation set up to provide a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture.

CCA Lagos supports and presents the intellectual work of art and culture practitioners through exhibitions, public programmes especially lectures, talks, seminars and screenings as well as through workshops.

It also encourages and promotes the professionalisation of art production and curatorship in Nigeria and West Africa collaborating with artists, curators, writers, theorists and national and international organisations.

In 2010, she created the Àsìkò International Art School, an innovative programme with the aim of filling a gap in the educational system in Nigeria and many African countries, who tend to ignore the critical methodologies and histories that emphasise artistic practice.

Through CCA Lagos, Bisi has collaborated with international curators and institutions such as with Tate Modern, Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, the Menil Collection in Houston and Pulitzer Foundation.

Her curated shows includes, ‘Democrazy’ comprising 3 solo exhibitions with Ghariokwu Lemi, Ndidi Dike and George Osodi, (2007–08); ‘Jide Alakija: Owambe, Aso-Ebi and the Politics of Dress’ (2011); ‘Kelani Abass: If I can save time’ (2016–17); ‘Playing with Chance: El Anatsui’ (2014) and the group exhibition ‘Like a Virgin’ with Lucy Azubuike and Zanele Muholi.

Read some of the tributes to her

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