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Pauline Burmann

Pauline Burmann is specialist in contemporary African Art history and the diaspora. She studied at the VU University of Amsterdam and “Contemporary Art history Africa” at  SOAS ( School of Oriental and African Studies) in London. 

As an independent researcher, artistic programme and academic advisor, facilitator, curator for “African Arts & Theory” she has been responsible for exhibitions and collaborating with individual artists and international art institutes, universities and art-academies, media and musea, and governmental institutions.

She lectured  “Art history of contemporary african art and theory” at several universities and art schools in countries among Senegal, Ghana, South Africa, Ethiopie and Sudan and the Netherlands at the VU University and University of leiden, University of Amsterdam, SOAS, Scotland Deveron projects, Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Rijksakademie.

Pauline Burmann was contributed several publications such as ;  the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam , SMBA: “Project 1975, contemporary Art and the Postcolonial Unconscious”, “African Amicitiae” a selection Thami Mnyele foundation collection, Tell Freedom exhibition,   “Tembe fu Libi”, Moengo festival of Visual arts Suriname.

In the Netherlands Burmann  is chairperson of the board of  the artist in residence Thami Mnyele Award Foundation. The Thami Mnyele Foundation have been giving more than twenty five years Awards in the form of artist- in- residence  to artists from Africa and the diaspora. Burmann is responsible for the selection, the programme and the organisation of the award.

Her latest activities

  • Curator Moengo Arts festival Suriname september 2018.
  • Board member/shadow curator Deveron Projects Scotland. 
  • Selection committee long list Mandela memorial Amsterdam 2018.
  • Board member Upstream.
  • Curator Zimbabwe exchange Tales and Taboos, 2019. 
  • Scientific Committee Nation 25 Italie.
  • Curator pARTage International Artists Workshop and exhibition “Conflict Zone” Mauritius 2019
  • Member Selection committee National Gallery of Zimbabwe; “2019 The year of  Rembrandt; Zimbabwean artists focus on Rembrandt”. Exhibition and catalogue.
  • Coordinating for the year 2020 the 30 years celebrations and publication for the artist-in-residence Thami Mnyele foundation Award Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


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