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Christine Eyene

Liverpool School of Art and Design

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

Dr Christine Eyene is an art historian and curator. She is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art at Liverpool John Moores University and Research Curator at Tate Liverpool.

From 2012 to 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 Lubaina Himid CBE RA, Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Art and 2017 Turner Prize winner. In this framework, Eyene developed new research into African and Diasporic feminism, sound art, and photography. She recently completed her PhD in History of Art at Birkbeck, University of London, under the supervision of Professor Annie E. Coombes. Her thesis deals with the relationship between African literature and visual representation in the work of South African photographer George Hallett (1942-2020).

Eyene’s 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 writings include contributions to 'Tracey Rose: Shooting Down Babylon' (Cape Town: Zeitz MOCAA, 2022); Lubaina Himid (London: Tate Publishing, 2021); Alice Mann: Drummies (London: Gost Books, 2021); Cosmogonies: Zinsou, an African Collection (Milan: Silvana Editoriale; Montpellier: MO.CO., 2021).

Eyene was artistic director of the 5th Biennale Internationale de Casablanca (2019-2023). 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 biennials and festivals including 'Resonances: Second Movement' (Printemps de Septembre, dir. Christian Bernard), Espace Croix Baragnon, Toulouse, 2016; 'Murder Machine' (EVA International, dir. Koyo Kouoh), Ormston House, Limerick, 2016; 'RESIDUAL: Traces of the black body' (FORMAT International Photography Festival, dir. Louise Clements), 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, IFAN Museum and National Gallery, Dakar, 2012; 3rd PHOTOQUAI – Biennial of World Images (dir. Françoise Huguier), 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. She is member of jury of the CLIMAVORE x Jameel at RCA Food Action Awards 2024 and recently joined the Artistic Committee of Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.
In 2021-22, she was member of the selection committee of The London Open 2022 (Whitechapel Gallery), Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2022, Toronto Biennial of Arts 2024. She was member of jury of the Turner Prize 2022.
She is also member of the selection committee of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

Languages

Ewondo
French
English
German
Italian

Degrees

2024, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom, PhD History of Art
1999, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France, MPhil History of Art - Contemporary Art (D.E.A Histoire de l'Art - Art Contemporain)
1998, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France, Masters History of Art - Contemporary Art (Maitrise Histoire de l'Art - Art Contemporain)
1997, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France, BA/MA History of Art (Licence Histoire de l'Art)
1996, Pantheon-Sorbonne University, France, BA History of Art and Archaeology (DEUG Histoire de l'Art et Archéologie)

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Art, School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, 2022 - present
Research Fellow in Contemporary Art, School of Arts and Media, University of Central Lancashire, 2012 - 2022

Chapters

Eyene C. 2021. Reflections on Contemporary African Art: Fragments of History Faure P. Cosmogonies Zinsou, une collection africaine :45-57 SilvanaEditoriale. Milan 9788836648870 Author Url Publisher Url

Books (authored)

Eyene C. 2019. Sounds Like Her Gender, Sound Art & Sonic Cultures 9781916275904

Eyene C, Memou A, Dujardin P, Boodt KD. 2018. Resist! The 1960s Protests, Photography & Visual Legacy BOZAR (Brussels) & Lannoo Publishers 9789401455855 Publisher Url Public Url

Eyene C. 2014. Where We're At! Other Voices on Gender 9788836628551

Eyene C. 2011. L'art au féminin approches contemporaines Editions L'Harmattan 9782296546653

Chikukwa R. 2011. Seeing Ourselves 9788881588237

Eyene C. 2009. Féminisme(s) en Afrique et dans la Diaspora 9782296080638

Eyene C. 2007. Diaspora identité plurielle Editions L'Harmattan 9782296045132

Exhibition

Eyene C, Khan D, McCabe J, Reilly M. transfeminisms Author Url

Eyene C. Seeds and Souls Author Url

Eyene C. Delaine Le Bas: Zigeuner Sauce Publisher Url

Eyene C, Ngassam Y. Portrait of a Community - Features of a Land

Eyene C. Delaine Le Bas: Beware of Linguistic Engineering

Eyene C. Bikoka Art Project at 1-54 London

Eyene C. Calling in Question

Eyene C. Bikoka Art Project at Orchid

Eyene C. Art Speaks: Louder than Words

External committees:

Artistic Council, Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco, https://www.fondationprincepierre.mc/en/contemporary-art/council. 2024

Selection Committee, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, http://www.1-54.com/. 2021

External collaboration:

https://www.landskronafoto.org/en/where-to-land-the-eye/, Landskrona Foto Festival 2024, Jenny Nordquist, Director, Landskrona Foto. 2023

https://www.kew.org/about-us/press-media/orchids-festival-2023, Royal Botanic Gardens - Kew, Kate Solecki, Visitor Programmes Manager. 2022

http://www.eyonart.org/, American Arts Center, Richard Martin, Director. 2022

http://www.eyonart.org/artspeaks, Centre Culturel Les Etoiles, Sophia Akhmisse, Director. 2022

https://kunsthalcharlottenborg.dk/en/exhibitions/seeds-and-souls/, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Henriette Bretton-Meyer, Curator. 2022

http://www.tate.org.uk/, Tate Liverpool, Helen Legg, Director. 2022

https://www.gorki.de/en/delaine-le-bas-exhibition, Gorki, Shermin Langhoff, Director. 2021

https://www.mimosahouse.co.uk/transfeminisms, Mimosa House, Daria Khan, Director. 2021

https://smoca.org/exhibition/transfeminisms/, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Jennifer McCabe, Director. 2021

http://www.eyonart.org/bap, Lolodorf Municipal Foyer, Félicien Mballa, Mayor. 2021

https://photoworks.org.uk/from-little-acorns/, Photoworks, Julia Bunnemann, Curator. 2021

https://www.1-54.com/, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Touria El Glaoui, Founding Director. 2021

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