Elvira Dyangani Ose
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Elvira Dyangani Ose (born in 1974) is an art curator. Her family comes from Equatorial Guinea, and Dyangani Ose was born and raised in Spain. She is the director of The Showroom gallery, London.
Dyangani Ose obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. While she was studying in Barcelona, her professor encouraged her to exhibit; during the 1990s, she began creating pop-up exhibitions with her fellow students. These exhibitions featured young urban artists working out of the mainstream.
She subsequently received her Master of Advanced Studies degree in Theory and History of Architecture from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona) and a Master of Arts in History of Art and Visual Studies from Cornell University. Dyangani Ose also obtained her P.h.D. in History of Art and Visual Studies from Cornell University.
Museum and curatorial work
From 2004 to 2006, Dyangani Ose was a curator at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno. In 2006, she curated the Olvida Quien Soy/ Erase Me From Who I Am exhibition, which featured works from Nicholas Nlobo, Zanele Muholi, Moshekwa Langa, and others. The exhibition focused on issues of representation. She also curated projects by Alfredo Jaar, Lara Almárcegui, and Ábalos & Herreros.
From 2009 to 2010, Ose curated Arte Invisible. In 2010, she also curated Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies, as well as being guest curator of triennial SUD-Salon Urbain de Douala.
In 2011, Ose joined the Tate Museum, where she worked closely with the African Acquisitions Committee and developed the museum's holdings relating to the African Diaspora. This position was supported by the Guaranty Trust Bank of Nigeria.
From 2012 to 2014, Ose was responsible for the Across the Board project, which was an interdisciplinary project in London, Accra, Douala, and Lagos. She also co-curated the 2013 exhibit, Ibrahim al-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist. During 2013, she was also the Artistic Director for the third edition of Rencontres Picha. Guaranty Trust Bank.
On 28 June 2014, Ose was named curator of the eighth edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA).
On 10 February 2017, Ose was named Senior Curator at Creative Time. She was appointed Director of The Showroom gallery, London, in 2018.
Lectures and publications
- "Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) – Elvira Dyangani Ose appointed curator of GIBCA 2015". e-flux.com. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
- Kuper, Jeremy (1 June 2012). "London's Tate Modern takes a new view of Africa". The M&G Online. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
- "Power List 2013". content.yudu.com. Retrieved 11 February 2017.