Bisi Silva is the founder/director of Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos) which opened in December 2007. She was co-curator of ‘J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty’, Kiasma, Helsinki (April-Nov 2011). She was co-curator for the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece, ‘Praxis: Art in Times of Uncertainty’, September 2009. In 2006 Silva was one of the curators for the Dakar Biennale in Senegal.
At CCA, Lagos, she has curated ‘Fela, Ghariokwu Lemi and The Art of the Album Cover’ (2007), ‘Ndidi Dike, Waka-into-bondage: The Last ¾ Mile’ (2008); ‘Like A Virgin...’, Lucy Azubuike (NIG) and Zanele Muholi (SA)(2009), ‘J.D. Okhai Ojeiker: Sartorial Moments and The Nearness of Yesterday’ (2010) and ‘All We Ever Wanted’ (2011)
She has been the recipient of several prestigious international fellowships and residencies including Clark/Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at Clark Art Institute, MA, 2011, IASPIS Curatorial Residency, Sweden 2010, HIAP/FRAME, Curatorial Residency, Finland, 2006 and 2009. She is a recipient of the Getty International Travel Grant to the 100th CAA Conference 2012 as well as the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Programme, Italy in July 2012.
Silva has participated in several international conferences and symposia and written essays for many publications as well as for international art magazines and journals such as Artforum, M Metropolis, Third Text, The Exhibitionist. She is on the editorial board of N Paradoxa, an international feminist art journal, and in 2010 she was the Independent Curators International (ICI) inaugural touring curator.