Renée Mussai

Steering Committee

Renée Mussai is Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial, Archive and Research at Autograph, a London-based international, nonprofit photographic arts charity, with a remit in photography and film addressing cultural identity, race, representation and human rights. A scholar-curator with a special interest in African, Black European and diasporic lens-based practices, Mussai publishes and lectures internationally on photography, visual culture, curatorial activism and cultural politics. Since 2009, she has been a regular guest curator and former non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is presently a Research Associate in the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg, and PhD candidate in Art History at University College London. She has curated numerous exhibitions in Europe, Africa and the US, including the critically acclaimed and internationally touring programmes and gallery installations, Black Chronicles’ (2014 – 2018) and ‘Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness’ (2017 – 2020), currently touring the USA. Her writing has appeared in artist monographs, anthologies and journals such as Aperture, and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art.  Her publications include James Barnor: Ever Young (2015), Glyphs: Acts of Inscription (2014; with Ruti Talmor); Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama (2017); and the forthcoming Black Chronicles (2018/19). Her most recent exhibition is Phoebe Boswell: The Space Between Things (Autograph, London, December 2018 to March 2019).