Oluremi C. Onabanjo is a curator and scholar of photography and the Arts of Africa. She works at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as an Associate Curator in the Department of Photography. The former Director of Exhibitions and Collections for The Walther Collection, Onabanjo has organized exhibitions across Africa, Europe, and North America, and managed one of the most significant private collections of photography in the world. In 2017, she co-curated Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art, and edited its accompanying publication (Steidl), which was shortlisted for an ICP Infinity Award in Critical Writing and Research (2018) and named one of the "Best Photo Books of 2017" by the New York Times. Onabanjo was a member of the curatorial team for the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg (2022). She lectures internationally on photography and curatorial practice, and her writing appears in Aperture, The New Yorker, The PhotoBook Review, Tate Etc., as well as publications by The Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art, the RISD Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem, amongst others.
A 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grantee, Onabanjo is the editor of Marilyn Nance: Last Day in Lagos (2022), which was shortlisted for the 2022 Paris Photo Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History at Columbia University, and holds degrees in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology from Oxford University and African Studies from Columbia University.
Image: © S*an D. Henry-Smith, 2020.