Simon Njami is a Paris-based independent curator, lecturer and art critic. Njami was co-founder and editor-in-chief of Revue Noire, a journal of contemporary African and extra-occidental art. His publications include essays in the catalogue for the Sydney Biennale and other exhibition catalogues. Njami has been the Artistic Director of the Bamako Photography Biennale since 2001, and was co-curator with Fernando Alvim 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 and the first African Art Fair, held in Johannesburg in 2008. He lives in France, and has Cameroonian roots.