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Christine Eyene

Research Fellow
School of Arts and Media

Christine Eyene is an art historian, critic and curator. 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 writings have been published in numerous art journals, magazines and books. She has also curated numerous major exhibitions with some of the most internationally-acclaimed contemporary artists.

Christine is a Research Fellow in Contemporary Art. She is part of Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual arts research project led by Professor Lubaina Himid CBE, documenting, supporting, and sharing the histories and contemporary creative practices of artists from culturally diverse heritage, in Britain and internationally, through collaborations with artists, art professionals, independent organisations and major public institutions.

Christine holds a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies (Mphil) in History of Art from Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne (1999), under the supervision of French art historian Philippe Dagen. Her dissertation is entitled Image and Body: representing the body in South African art from the 1960s to 1990s. Her career began in Morocco where she worked with the programming team at the French Institute in Rabat (Sept 2000 - March 2001) as part of a Young Professionals in Culture internship from the French Association for Artistic Action (now French Institut, Paris). She actively collaborated on the exhibitions by designer Pierre Paulin and artists Kasimir Malevich, Alain Fleischer, Mona Hatoum and Shirin Neshat.

After moving to London at the end of 2001, she worked part-time at the Africa Centre from 2002 to 2004 and as visual arts co-editor of French journal Africultures, of which she became publishing director in 2007, a position she held until 2009. Her curatorial practice began at the Africa Centre, through which she organised the London showcase of the touring exhibition Design Made in Africa at the Brunei Gallery (School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London), London, in 2005. The exhibition was part of Africa 05, the year-long festival on contemporary African arts and cultures. The festival also gave her the opportunity to curate her first exhibition George Hallett: Memories of Exile, at the now defunct Spitz Gallery, and to develop collaborative projects bringing together the arts and corporate world.

Before joining the University of Central Lancashire, Christine dedicated herself to research independently. Throughout the 2000s, she established herself as a bilingual (French and English) art critic and art writer. Her articles and essays have been published in numerous art journals and books. She also began giving talks, lectures and conferences internationally. Her international career as a curator began in 2010 with the exhibition Uprooting the Gaze: Foreign Places – Familiar patterns, that brought an unprecedented number of African photographers, including award-winning photographer Zanele Muholi, to Brighton Photo Biennial. This project was developed as part of Brighton Photo Fringe, then co-directed by 2019 Turner Prize co-winner Helen Cammock.

  • Mphil, History of Art, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne, 1999
  • MA, History of Art, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne, 1998
  • BA, History of Art and Archaeology, Université Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne, 1997
  • Contemporary Art
  • Photography
  • Sound Art
  • African Arts
  • Diaspora
  • Gender
  • Feminism
  • Member of Acquisition Committee, FRAC Réunion (Fonds Régional d'Art Contemporain)
  • Member of Scientific Committee, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
  • Advisory Board Member of Centemporary And (C&)