Elvira Dyangani Ose

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Elvira Dyangani Ose (born in 1974)[1] is an art curator. Her family comes from Equatorial Guinea, and Dyangani Ose was born and raised in Spain.[2]


Ose obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.[1] While studying in Barcelona, Dyangani Ose's 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.[2]

She subsequently received her Master of Advanced Studies degree in Theory and History of Architecture[3] from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Barcelona) and a Master of Arts in History of Art and Visual Studies from Cornell University.[1] Dyangani Ose also obtained her P.h.D. in History of Art and Visual Studies from Cornell University.[3]

Museum and curatorial work[edit]

From 2004 to 2006, 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 exhibit, which featured works from Viennese Actionism, Alfredo Jaar, Lara Almárcegui, and Ábalos & Herreros.[1] The exhibit focused on issues of representation.[2]

From 2006 to 2008, Ose was a curator at the Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. From 2007 to 2008, she curated the interdisciplinary project Attempt to Exhaust an African Place.[1]

From 2009 to 2010, Ose curated Arte Invisible. In 2010, she also curated Carrie Mae Weems: Social Studies, as well as guest curator of triennial SUD-Salon Urbain de Douala.[1]

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.[1] This position was supported by the Guaranty Trust Bank of Nigeria.[2]

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. Lubumbashi Biennial.[1]

On June 28, 2014, Ose was named curator of the eighth edition of Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA).[1]

On February 10, 2017, Ose was named Senior Curator at Creative Time

Lectures and publications[edit]

Ose has lectured on modern and contemporary African art. She has been published in Nka and Atlántica.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA)". e-flux.com. Retrieved 10 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Kuper, Jeremy. "London's Tate Modern takes a new view of Africa". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  3. ^ a b "Power List 2013". content.yudu.com. Retrieved 2017-02-11.