Renée Mussai

Steering Committee

Renée Mussai is a research-led curator, writer and scholar with a special interest in African and diasporic lens-based black feminist visual arts practices. She is Senior Curator and Head of Curatorial & Collection at Autograph – a London-based non-profit charity, with a remit in photography and film addressing cultural identity, race, representation, and human rights – where she has worked for almost two decades, advocating for a diverse constituency of contemporary artists and co-commissioning a range of artistic programmes, including the critically acclaimed ‘Black Chronicles’ (2014 – 2018, publication forthcoming), the internationally touring ‘Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama—Hail the Dark Lioness’ (2017 – 2021), and Phoebe Boswell’s ‘The Space Between Things’ (2019), amongst many projects. She lectures internationally on photography, visual culture, and curatorial activism and recently edited the award-winning monograph ‘Lina Iris Viktor: Some Are Born to Endless Night—Dark Matter’ (Autograph, 2020), served as guest co-editor for the Critical Arts special volume entitled ‘Ecologies of Care: Speculative Photographies, Curatorial Re-Positionings’ (Taylor & Francis, 2020), and co-edited the anthology ‘Care, Contagion, Community—Self & Other’ (Autograph, 2021). Her writing has appeared in numerous artist monographs and publications by Aperture, Tate, Phaidon, and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art. Past books include James Barnor: Ever Young (2015) and Glyphs: Acts of Inscription (2014). Mussai is also Research Associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre, University of Johannesburg; Associate Lecturer at University of the Arts London, and regular guest curator and former Fellow at the Hutchins Centre for African & African American Research at Harvard University. She serves on various art juries and advisory committees, including Fast Forward: Women in Photography, and the Royal Photographic Society.