Aindrea Emelife

Art Historian, Author and Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, Edo Museum of West African Art, Benin City

Aindrea Emelife is a curator and art historian specializing in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on questions around colonial and decolonial histories in Africa, transnationalism and the politics of representation.

Born in London, she studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art before embarking on a multifaceted career as a curator and art historian, producing highly acclaimed exhibitions for museums, galleries and private collections internationally. Recent exhibitions include “Black Venus,” a survey of the legacy of the Black woman in visual culture, which opened at Fotografiska New York in May 2022 and will tour to the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco and Somerset House in London in 2023.  

Ms. Emelife’s first book, “A Brief History of Protest Art,” was released by Tate in March 2022. She has contributed to exhibition catalogues and publications, most recently “Revising Modern British Art” edited by Jo Baring (Lund Humphries, 2022).

In 2021, she was appointed to the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm. In 2022, she was named curator at large for modern and contemporary art at the Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City, Nigeria.  

Aindrea Emelife