Director of the Asiko Programme, Bisi Silva is an independent curator and the founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art,Lagos (CCA,Lagos) which opened in December 2007. She was recently co-curator for the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, ‘Praxis:Art in Times of Uncertainty’ September 2009, ‘Maputo: A tale of One City’ as part of the Africa in Oslo Season (February 2009). In 2008 she was co-selector with Portuguese curator Isabel Carlos of the prestigious international Artists’ Prize, Artes Mundi 3 in Wales, UK.
Silva also co-curated Contact Zone: Contemporary Art from West and North Africa at the National Museum of Mali (2007), as well as Telling… Contemporary Finnish photography at the 7th African photography biennale in Bamako (2007). As director of CCA, Lagos, she has curated Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi and The Art of the Album Cover, 2007, Ndidi Dike, Waka-into-bondage:The Last _ Mile (2008) and George Osodi, Paradise Lost:Revisiting the Niger Delta(2008) as well as ‘Like A Virgin…’, Lucy Azubuike(NIG) and Zanele Muholi(SA)(2009). In 2006 Silva co-curated the Dakar Biennale in Senegal.
Silva has written for international art magazines and journals such as Artforum, Artinfo.com, Art Monthly, Untitled, Third Text, M Metropolis, Agufon, and Nigerian newspapers such as ThisDay and 234Next. She is on the editorial board of N Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal. She has also participated in several seminars and conferences and curatorial residencies internationally.