Cindy Sissokho lives and works in Nottingham, UK. She is a cultural producer, curator and young writer with a specific interest in intellectual, political and artistic aspects of decoloniality within the arts and feminist movements and writings. She is also part of the Nottingham-based collective SHEAfriq, a group of creative Black women that programme a diverse range of events in and out of institutions to reclaim their space and visibility within the city. She is passionate about the dissemination of epistemologies and new cultural productions from the ‘Global South’ as a political space.
Sissokho studied Communication, Media & Cultural Mediation at University Paris 8, France (2014), including a fully-funded Erasmus year to study at Panteion University in Athens, Greece. She also earned a Master’s in Cultural Events Management (2015) at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
After working at Nottingham Contemporary in the Exhibitions and Public Programmes departments (2017-2018) she joined New Art Exchange (NAE) – the largest gallery in the UK dedicated to culturally diverse contemporary visual arts – as Curator and Special Projects Producer. She partly manages the national and international touring of NAE’s exhibitions and coordinates ExperiMentor – NAE’s artist development and mentoring scheme for local emerging artists.
Cindy Sissokho, who leads on the African iteration of NAE’s programme Here, There & Everywhere - Africa / UK: Transforming Art Ecologies, will play an active role in a major collaboration between NAE and the International Biennale of Casablanca. The partnership comprises the creation of professional development opportunities including Sissokho’s curatorial position and two internships within the biennale’s curatorial team; the commission of new works; and a symposium gathering important figures from the African curatorial scene.
Photo Richard Chung