BLACK VENUS: Aindrea Emelife in Conversation with Sharmadean Reid

Friday 21th July

This live event sees curator Aindrea Emelife in conversation with Sharmadean Reid, founder and CEO of The Stack World: a media platform for connecting mission-driven women with the goal of moving the needle on gender equality and increasing the global GDP of women’s economy.


Drawing on Reid’s work advancing gender equity and social empowerment, Emelife and Reid discuss how depictions of Black women and socio-economic understandings of Blackness intersect with women’s access to leadership. The two embark on a discussion of the legacies and shifting perceptions of Black women throughout history and through to present day.

Held in the intimate environment of Somerset House’s Portico Rooms, this live event is also streamed exclusively to members of The Stack World community. Launched in 2021, The Stack World powers communities inside and outside of the workplace to support women on their leadership journey.


Aindrea Emelife is a Nigerian-British curator and art historian specialising in modern and contemporary art, with a focus on questions around colonial and decolonial histories in Africa, transnationalism and the politics of representation. Aindrea is currently the Curator, Modern and Contemporary at EMOWAA (Edo Museum of West African Art), a new David Adjaye designed museum complex and cultural district in Benin City, Nigeria due to open in stages from 2024.

Born in London, United Kingdom, Emelife studied at The Courtauld Institute of Art before embarking on a multifaceted career as a curator and art historian, producing highly acclaimed exhibitions for museum, galleries and private collections internationally and quickly becoming a groundbreaking new voice.

In addition to the Fotografiska, New York, and Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco, runs of BLACK VENUS, recent exhibitions include Bold Black British at Christies, London (October 2021) and Citizens of Memory, The Perimeter, London (May 2021). Emelife’s first book, A Brief History of Protest Art was released by Tate in March 2022, Emelife has contributed to exhibition catalogues and publications, most recently including Revising Modern British Art (Lund Humphries, 2022) In 2021, Emelife was appointed to the Mayor of London’s Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm.

Aindrea debuted her first column for the Financial Times aged 20 years old, and has been published widely and internationally, including articles in The Guardian, Vanity Fair, The Telegraph, BBC, GQ, Frieze, The Independent, BBC and ArtNet. She features regularly on podcasts, most recently Intelligence Squared, Talk Art, and The Art Newspaper Podcast and is dedicated to public speaking, usually pertaining to discussions of contemporary art, popularising art history and championing female, black or artists of colour.


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