Simon Njami is an independent lecturer, art critic, novelist and essayist. He is also a consultant in visual arts for the Association Française d’Action Artistique and co-founder and editor-in-chief of the cultural magazine “Revue Noire”. His extensive publications include essays in the catalogue for the Sydney Biennale and contributions to a wide range of other exhibition catalogues. Njami was artistic director of the Bamako Rencontres photography biennale from 2001-2008, and was the curator of the first African pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. He has curated numerous exhibitions of African art and photography, including Africa Remix, which is touring the world. He curated the first African Art Fair held in Johannesburg in 2008.