Oluremi C. Onabanjo is a curator and scholar based in Harlem. She is The Peter Schub Curator of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, where she manages its holdings of over 35,000 photographs spanning the history of the medium. Onabanjo also serves as co-chair of the Early Modern Working Group and is deeply involved in the ongoing reinstallation program of the Museum's collection. 

2024 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow, Onabanjo was the 2022 recipient of the Cisneros Institute Research Grant and is a core member of the C-MAP Africa Research Group. Current projects on view include Ernest Cole's House of Bondage and Visual Vernaculars, and recent exhibitions include Projects: Ming Smith and New Photography 2023.  

Previously, Onabanjo worked as Director of Exhibitions and Collections of The Walther Collection and served on the curatorial team of the 8th Triennial of Photography Hamburg (2022). She lectures internationally on photography and curatorial practice, and her writing appears in Aperture, Los Angeles Review of BooksThe New Yorker, Revista ZUM, Tate Etc., as well as publications by The Art Institute of Chicago, RISD Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, amongst others. 

2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grantee, Onabanjo is the editor of Marilyn Nance: Last Day in Lagos (2022) and author of Ming Smith: Invisible Man, Somewhere, Everywhere (2023). She is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and holds an MSc in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology from Oxford University.

Image: © S*an D. Henry-Smith, Berlin, 2021.

 

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