Christine Eyene. Photo Aliyah Léger
Christine Eyene is an art historian and curator whose areas of research and curatorial practice encompass contemporary African and Diaspora arts, feminism, photography, new media, sound art, urban culture, and socially engaged initiatives.
She is a PhD candidate at Birkbeck, University of London. Her thesis focuses on the relationship between written signs and text – more particularly African literature – and image in the work of South African photographer George Hallett (1942-2020).
In April 2022, she joins Liverpool John Moores University as Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Research Curator at Tate Liverpool.
From 2012 to March 2022, Eyene was a Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire where she worked on Making Histories Visible, a multidisciplinary visual arts research project led by the artist and Professor of Contemporary Art Lubaina Himid.
As a curator, she has developed numerous exhibitions internationally, the latest include Breaking the Mould: New Signatures from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, London (2021); Sounds Like Her: Gender, Sound Art and Sonic Cultures, New Art Exchange, Nottingham and UK touring (2017-2020); RESIST! The 1960s protests, photography and visual legacy, BOZAR, Brussels (2018).
Her projects have featured emerging and internationally established artists such as Larry Achiampong, Sonia Boyce, Christine Sun Kim, Delaine Le Bas, Zanele Muholi, Yvon Ngassam, Magda Stawarska-Beavan, Wolfgang Tillmans, Kara Walker, Hank Willis Thomas, and many more.
Eyene recently launched Bikoka Art Project in Lolodorf (Cameroon), an initiative fostering creative and professional opportunities for local youth and women. She is the founder of Yaounde Photo Network, a platform supporting Cameroonian photography and video art locally and through international collaborations.
Her latest writing includes contributions to Tracey Rose: Shooting Down Babylon (Cape Town: Zeitz MOCAA, 2022); Lubaina Himid (London: Tate Publishing, 2021); Cosmogonies: Zinsou, an African Collection (Milan: Silvana Editoriale; Montpellier: MO.CO., 2021); Alice Mann: Drummies (London: Gost Books, 2021).
Eyene has been member of the selection committee of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair since 2021. She is also member of jury of The London Open 2022 (Whitechapel Gallery) and Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2022.