Participant Profile

Antawan I. Byrd

United States

Antawan I. Byrd, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Art History at Northwestern University and an Associate Curator of Photography and Media at the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently co-curating a survey exhibition on the art and culture of Pan-Africanism opening at the Art Institute of Chicago in December 2024. Antawan’s recent exhibitions include a solo show of work by Mimi Cherono Ng’ok (2021) and exhibition on the Medu Art Ensemble (2019). He co-curated the 2nd Lagos Biennial of Contemporary Art (2019), Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory (2017), and was an associate curator for the 10th Bamako Encounters, Biennale of African Photography (2015). Antawan received the Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Arts Council of the African Studies Association in 2017 and was a Fulbright fellow/curatorial assistant at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (2009-2011).