ART NEWS / Bisi Silva, 56, Bold Curator of Contemporary African Art, Dies – The New York Times
The founder of the Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Lagos, an activist and experienced curator, was swept away on Tuesday, February 12 by the cancer she fought to the end. Tributes.
“The contemporary art world in Africa is in mourning. Bisi Silva’s death was announced by her older sister, the well-known actress of the Nollywood world, Joke Silva. Art loses a fundamental activist, a pioneer, a fighter, whom cancer eventually defeated at the age of 57. When we start investigating this rising sector of the continent, the name Bisi Silva immediately appears, and as soon as we spoke on the phone from Lagos, (…) we already felt the energy at the end of our voice. Confirmed in person by the one from a small, round, warm, brightly smiling woman who opened her own independent structure, the Center for Contemporary Art, in her native country in 2007.”