Christine Eyene, African Arts & Literatures Today lecture. Research Center for Material Culture. Leiden, NL, 2016. Photo: RCMC.
Christine Eyene is an art historian, critic and curator. She is a Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) where she collaborates to Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual arts research project led by Professor Lubaina Himid CBE RA, documenting, supporting, and sharing the histories of creative practices from the diversity in Britain and globally through collaborations with artists, art professionals, independent organisations and major public institutions.
Her areas of research and curatorial practice encompass contemporary African and Diaspora arts, feminism, photography, and non-object-based art practices notably sound art. Her other interests include: socially-engaged initiatives, urban culture, music, design, and new media.
As an art writer, her latest publication is entitled Sounds Like Her: Gender, Sound Art & Sonic Cultures (Nottingham: Beam Editions, 2019). She also contributed to Feminist Art, Activisms, and Artivisms (edited by Katy Deepwell, Amsterdam: Valiz, 2020), and is featured in Curator Conversations (edited by Tim Clark, London: 1000 Words, 2021). Her articles and essays have been published in printed and online art magazines, journals, exhibition catalogues and art books.
Since 2017, Eyene has been artistic director of the Biennale Internationale de Casablanca which 5th edition is rescheduled to 2022. She was curator of the SUMMER OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2018 with RESIST! The 1960s protests, photography and visual legacy, BOZAR, Brussels. She has also organised numerous exhibitions as part of biennales and festivals including Resonances: Second Movement (Printemps de Septembre), Espace Croix Baragnon, Toulouse, 2016; Murder Machine (EVA International), Ormston House, Limerick, 2016; RESIDUAL: Traces of the black body (FORMAT International Photography Festival), New Art Exchange, Nottingham, 2015; WHERE WE’RE AT! Other Voices on Gender (SUMMER OF PHOTOGRAPHY 2014), BOZAR, Brussels, 2014; 10th DAK’ART – Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Musée de l’IFAN and Galerie Nationale, Dakar, 2012; 3rd PHOTOQUAI – Biennial of World Images, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, 2011; Pimp My Combi (GWANZA: Month of Photography), National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, 2011.
In 2016, she co-founded YaPhoto, a project supporting emerging photographers in Cameroon. She continues to run the online platform Yaounde Photo Network with a focus on exhibiting young Cameroonian photographers internationally. Since 2021, she has also been developing Bikoka Art Project, a new art and educational initiative dedicated to young people, women, and young creatives in Lolodorf and Bikoka, Cameroon.
Christine Eyene sits on several selection panels and advisory committees. In 2021, she is member of the selection panels of The London Open (Whitechapel Gallery) and Jerwood/Photoworks Awards.