Tate Modern Hires Curators of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Art

Tate Modern Hires Curators of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Art

Tate Modern is expanding the curatorial team of its international art department with three new hires: Nabila Abdel Nabi, who will focus specifically on art from the Middle East and North Africa; Osei Bonsu, who will work to grow the museum’s holdings of African art; and Devika Singh who will specialize in art from South Asia. The museum said the appointments are part of its “commitment to rethinking the history of modern and contemporary art from a less Western-centric vantage point.”Abdel Nabi joins the Tate after working as an associate curator at the Power Plant in Toronto and as the gallery manager at the Third Line in Dubai. Bonsu is a curator, critic, and art historian who has worked on a number of projects focusing on African art, including “Pangaea II: New Art from Africa and Latin America” (2015) at the Saatchi Gallery and the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (2013–14). A scholar of modernism and South Asian art and architecture, Singh has curated exhibitions such as “Planetary Planning” at the 2018 Dhaka Art Summit and “Gedney in India” (2017) at CSMVS, Mumbai.The museum also announced that Valentina Ravaglia, who joined the institution in 2012 as assistant curator, will be promoted to curator of displays and international art. She will work with Abdel Nabi, Bonsu, and Singh to develop programing for the newly established Hyundai Tate Research Center: Transnational, an initiative that will organize annual symposia, seminars, and workshops and will partner with institutions to advance scholarship. Hyundai Motor has pledged to support the center’s work from January 2019 to December 2024.“We are delighted to appoint Nabila, Osei, Valentina, and Devika as curators at Tate Modern,” said museum director Frances Morris. “Their significant experience and expertise will play an important part in expanding our knowledge of modern and contemporary art from Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East, furthering our ambition to present a truly international story of art through our program and collection.”
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