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Simon Njami (born in 1962 in Lausanne) is a writer and an independent curator, lecturer, art critic and essayist.

After conceiving the Ethnicolor Festival in Paris in 1987,was among the first ones to show African contemporary artists work on international stages. He has served as Artistic Director of Bamako Encounters, the African Photography Biennale, from 2001 to 2007. Njami has curated exhibits at major museums throughout Europe and Africa and co-curated or curated Biennales in Venice(52nd), Johannesburg(2008), Luanda Triennale (2010), Picha (Lumumbashi Biennale – 2010), SUD (Douala Triennale – 2010), among others exhibitions and international art events.  His new exhibition "The Divine Comedy – Heaven, Hell, Purgatory by Contemporary African Artists" is exhibiting and traveling throughout Europe.  Invited to be part of numerous art and photography juries, such as the World Press Photo Contest, Njami is the Art Adviser of the Sindika Dokolo Foundation (Luanda) and the Artistic Director of the Donwahi Foundation (Abidjan).  He is currently directing "At Work", as well as the Pan African Master Classes in Photography, and setting up the collection of contemporary art for the future Memorial Acte Museum in Guadeloupe.



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