Christine Eyene

Guild Research Fellow

School of Art, Design and Fashion

37 St. Peters Street

+44 (0) 1772 89 3991

Subject Areas: Contemporary and Visual Arts

Christine is an art historian, critic and curator specialised in contemporary African and Diaspora arts. Further interests include Black British iconography (1980s), gender narratives, feminism and non-object-based creative practices.

Christine is research active within the area of Art and Design: History, Theory and Practice and is a member of Making Histories Visible at The Centre for Contemporary Art.

Full Profile

As an art historian, Christine Eyene has been researching modern and contemporary South African art since the late 1990s, specialising in the story of artists in exile during Apartheid and their cultural interactions with the Black Diaspora in France and England. Her essays on this topic have examined the art of South African pioneering modernists Ernest Mancoba and Gerard Sekoto, as well as Dumile Feni, Gavin Jantjes and George Hallett.

Eyene works on Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual art research project based at UCLan's Centre for Contemporary Art led by Lubaina Himid, Professor of Contemporary Art. Working alongside Professor Himid and Research Fellow Susan Walsh, her role consists in conducting and publishing internationally leading research on the art of the Black Diaspora. It also involves the development of innovative curatorial projects which investigate how museums and collections can work collaboratively with contemporary artists to address diverse audiences for visual art in Britain.

As a curator, her exhibitions and collaborations include: 'Gideon Mendel: Drowning World', Tiwani Contemporary, London (7 June - 27 July 2013); 'Thierry Geoffroy: Mobile Emergency Room', Zimbabwe Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (1 June - 30 Sept. 2013); 'Roma-Sinti-Kale-Manush', Autograph ABP, Rivington Place, London (28 May - 28 July 2012); Dak’Art 2012 – Biennale of Contemporary African Art (11 May - 10 June 2012); Photoquai 2011 – Biennial of World Images, Paris (13 Sept. -11 Nov. 2011).

She has contributed to various international art journals including Third Text, Art South Africa, Manifesta Journal, as well as exhibition catalogues and art books. She has been visual arts co-editor of the journal Africultures since 2002.

D.E.A. Histoire de l'Art Contemporain, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1999
Maîtrise Histoire de l'Art Contemporain, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1998
Licence Histoire de l'Art et Archéologie, Université Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne, 1997
D.E.U.G Histoire de l'Art et Archéologie, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, 1995-96

External activities

Nominator for: Visible Award and Prix Pictet 2013.

Member of the Grants Selection Committee of Art Moves Africa 2012-2013

Member of jury Dak'Art 2012

Christine gave a guest lecture entitled ‘We will not give you the satisfaction… black perspective on gendered artistic discourses.’ at the Sophia Conference in Brussels in October 2016. We will not give you the satisfaction… is a postscript to the project WHERE WE’RE AT! Other voices on gender curated by Christine Eyene at BOZAR, Brussels in 2014. Conceived as an illustrated lecture/essay-in-progress, it proposes to revisit the route that has led to an interest in the representation of the black body in art and gendered expressions.

This presentation is part of a preliminary research for a UK touring exhibition on women and sound art.





Eyene, Christine (2011) Reflections on the self: Five African women photographers. [Show/Exhibition]

Eyene, Christine (2011) Photoquai - Biennial of World images - Africa. [Show/Exhibition]

Eyene, Christine, Naidoo, Riason and Laggoune, Nadira Dak'Art 2012. [Show/Exhibition]

Eyene, Christine, Scardi, Gabi and Sealy, Mark (2012) Roma-Sinti-Kale-Manush. [Show/Exhibition]

More publications


George Hallett (photographer): South African exiles narrative (1970-1994); Heinemann African Writers Series (1970s-80s); British photo-documentaries commissioned by Times Educational Supplement (1970s-80s).

Women art practitioners and gender representation in the arts

Contemporary African and Diaspora arts

Curatorial practices and new exhibition formats


Projects include ‘process: immaterial proposal’, an ongoing curatorial research focusing on artists creative concepts, studies and works-in-progress. This project consists of an evolving assembling of images, texts, sound pieces and videos in the form of an exhibition “in the making”.

Envisaging sensory experience beyond the physical space, the project seeks to explore terrains beyond narrative and representation, be they culturally or geographically-oriented.

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‘Each one teach one: Sekoto, Clarke and Hallett’ as part of Visual Traditions, past and present, Rivington Place, London. 14 Feb. 2013

‘Shifting parallelism’, Colloquium Parallel Models of Curating, Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 2-3 November 2012

‘Curating and Art Criticism: current trends from an international perspective’, Gwanza 2011, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare and Bulawayo, July/August 2011

‘Bringing you the answers before we know the question: four positions regarding the idea of a pan-African roaming biennial’. Manifesta 8, Murcia, October 2010