Lagos Biennial Advisory Board
Yinka Shonibare CBE
Yinka Shonibare was born in London, UK in 1962 and grew up in the UK and Lagos, Nigeria. He studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London in the 1980s and graduated from Goldsmiths College in 1991.
Over the past decade, he has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. Working in painting, sculpture, photography, film and installation, Shonibare’s work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through sharp political commentary of the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories.
In 2004, he was awarded the decoration of Member of the ‘Most Excellent Order of the British Empire’ (MBE) and was also nominated for the Turner Prize.
He has participated in many international exhibitions including Documenta 11, Kassel in 2002 and the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. In September 2008, his major mid-career survey commenced at the MCA Sydney and then toured to the Brooklyn Museum, New York and the Museum of African Art at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. His public art commission, Nelson's Ship in a Bottle opened on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square in 2010. In 2013 he was nominated as a Royal Academician.
Selected solo exhibitions include Gemeentmuseum Helmond, The Netherlands and Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK (2016); Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, South Korea and DHC/ART Fondation for l’Art Contemporain, Montréal, Montreal (2015); Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, UK (2013); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, USA (2013); San Diego Art Museum, San Diego, USA (2012); MCA Sydney, Sydney and the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2008) among others.
Michèle Sandoz currently leads the global development of Art Basel VIP strategy as Global Head of VIP Relations since 2014. She spearheads Art Basel Global Patrons Council which consists of over 170 most distinguished art patrons across the world. In addition, she leads Art Basel global VIP network comprised of over 30 VIP Representatives spread across the world who ensure year-round VIP cultivation, acquisition and outreach.
Over the past two decades she worked in different capacities on international commercial and non-commercial projects. Most recently and before joining Art Basel, she held the role as General Manager and deputy director of Christie's in Zurich and oversaw their business development activities for Asia. Prior to that, she headed the department of Asian Art at Koller Auctions in Zurich, where she worked as specialist of South East Asian art. Thereafter, she joined Daros Latin America Collection to develop and manage the private collection of contemporary Latin American art. Michèle Sandoz studied Chinese and Japanese Art history and Chinese language and culture at the University of Zurich and the Beijing Language and Cultural University in China. Presently, she sits on the Advisory Board of the Executive Master in Art Market Studies (EMAM)at the University of Zurich. In addition, she co-charis the Friends of the Swiss Institute New York, is a member of the Zeitz MOCAA Global Council. Born in Zimbabwe, she speaks French, English, German and Chinese, and lives now in Zurich, Switzerland.
Eva Maria Ocherbauer
Born in Dakar, Senegal, in 1967, N'Goné Fall studied architecture under Paul Virilio (1932–2018) at the École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris, graduating when she was 26. She did not however pursue a career in architecture as in 1992 she met the art critic Jean-Loup Pivin (born 1951) who persuaded her to join his African-oriented Revue Noire. She became its editorial director from 1994 to 2001, covering African artists on the international scene. In 2001, together with Pivin she published Anthologie de l'art africain du XX siècle, subsequently translated into English as An anthology of African art: the twentieth century.
As an independent curator and educator, she was assistant professor for the Cultural Industries Master programme at the Senghor University in Alexandria, Egypt (2007–2011). More recently she has lectured at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in South Africa (2017) and at the Abdou Moumouni University in the Niger (2018). Among the exhibitions she has curated are the Bamako Photography Encounters (2001) and the Dakar Contemporary Art Biennial (2002). In 2016, she participated in the Danish project "When things fall apart" at the Trapholt Museum in Kolding.
Eva Maria Ocherbauer is an Austrian born photographer, curator and lecturer living in Berlin. She studied Scenery at the "Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst" in Graz, Austria and performed as a dancer and actress before joining the "Werkstatt für Photography VHS Kreuzberg" in Berlin, Germany to get trained as a photographer. Her photographs had been featured internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including “Kreuzberg - Amerika“ CIO Berlin, 2016 / “Geniale Dilletanten" Haus der Kunst, München, 2015, “Röcke Tragen” Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 2012 / “Milk Drop Coronet” Camera Austria Graz, 2010 / “The Park” Galerie September Berlin 2010, ““BauhausBarokoko” Chartgallery Art Basel, 2007 / “Simultan” Museum der Moderne Salzburg, 2005 / “City Pity” DAAD Galerie Berlin, 2000 / “Fotografie Des Unsichtbaren” Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach - Kunsthalle Krems - Fotomuseum Winterthur, 1997, “StadtPark Eins” Photofestival Houston, 1993. Publications including “Berlin West” self-publshed 2016 / “FICTION” Superlabo, Japan, 2013 / “One Day / Ten Photographers” Kehrer Verlag Heidelberg, 2010 / “la vie et la mort” Fotohof edition Salzburg, 2005 / “Das Kräuterufo” Martin Schmitz Verlag Kassel, 1995 / “STILL ALIVE” Edition Camera Austria Graz, 1993 / “Louvre Boutique” Edition Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin, 1989 / “Berliner Designhandbuch” Merve Verlag Berlin, 1987. Her first collaboration with institutions on the African continent started in 2010 with “Watching You, Watching Me” an exchange project Berlin/Addis Ababa, in partnership with Aida Muluneh. After “Crossing Compasses” in 2012 in partnership with the Yaba College of Technology and the Goethe-Institute Lagos she established in 2013 the LagosPhoto Summer School in cooperation with the African Artist’ Foundation. In 2016 she founded the FotoFactory.Lagos, a teaching programme aimed at young Nigerian photographers who are interested in developing their skills and careers. FotoFactory.Lagos is jointly designed with Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie and supported by The Femi Akinsanya African Art Collection and Aachron Incorporated.
Oliver Enwonwu, the Director of Omenka Gallery, is the youngest son of the pioneering modernist artist, Ben Enwonwu. He is an artist, curator, art administrator, writer and illustrator. Enwonwu has exhibited extensively and curated many shows all over the world. He is the president, Society of Nigerian Artists. He is the founder, executive director, and a trustee of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation and sits on the board of several organizations including the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria, and the Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria. Enwonwu is also the founder and editor, Omenka magazine.