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Art world mourns as Actress Joke Silva loses sister

Veteran Nigerian Actress Joke Silva and wife to legendary Nollywood actor, Olu Jacobs has lost her younger sister, Bisi Silva to the cold hands of death.

Bisi Silva who was an Artistic Director, died around 3:45pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in Lagos, after battling cancer.

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However, Joke Silva has not make public statement regarding her sister’s death but shared Bisi’s photo on her Instagram page as tribute to the deceased.

Actress Joke Silva wrote: “Thou mastering me God…”

Bisi Silva before her death was the founder and Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA). She opened CCA in 2007 and later Asiko International Art School in Lagos.

After Bisi’s  first degree in Foreign Languages in Paris, she earned her two-year MA in Visual Arts(Curating and Commissioning of Contemporary Art) at the Royal College of Art in London.

She curated numerous important exhibitions in Nigeria, Africa, and Europe.

Some of her exhibitions included “Democrazy”, Playing with Chance: El Anatsui” and “J.D. Okhai Ojeikere: Moments of Beauty.”

In October 2015, Bisi presented a fascinating coffee table book, J.D. OKHAI OJEIKERE, in Lagos. The book is the most comprehensive archive of powerful photographs of over six decades of Ojeikere.

Before her death, Bisi was in her fifties.

Meanwhile, people around the world have taken to various social media to mourn the deceased.

A twitter user by name Molara Wood wrote: “This is a huge blow to visual art and the curatorial field in Nigeria. I respected Bisi Silva, everyone respected her. She made immense contributions; and her founding of the Centre for Contemporary Art at McEwen Street in Yaba did much to transform art discourse. Rest in peace.”

Aruna D’Souza also wrote: “People are reporting that the remarkable, lovely, force of nature Bisi Silva has passed away. As director of @ccalagos she had a profound impact on contemporary Nigerian and larger African art, and introduced so many of us in the US to what we should know. Rest in power, dear.”


Updated: February 13, 2019 — 5:53 pm

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