Didier Houénoudé is an art historian and researcher and research at the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin. He will be in residency at Kadist- Paris in 2013.
Public presentation of his research on Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm in Kadist-Office.
His research interests focus on issues of identity in contemporary African art as well as questions concerning patrimony, urbanism, and the development of African cities.
He also directs the Direction de la Culture et du Patrimoine de la Mairie de Porto-Novo (Direction for Culture and Patrimony in Porto-Novo).
He served as curator for two editions of Porto-Nov’art (2008 and 2010), organized by the Centre Culturel Ouadada de Porto-Novo (Ouadada Cultural Center of Porto-Novo) and was Associate Curator for "les Projets Spéciaux" (Special Projects) of the Benin Biennale in 2012.
Houénoudé graduated with BA in history (2007) and a masters in archaeology (2000) from the University of Benin. He worked at the Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (School for African Patrimony) on the project "Etude de Réhabilitation du Patrimoine Historique de la Ville de Porto-Novo (Study for the Rehabilitation of Historic Patrimony in the City of Porto-Novo)" (2001-2003). He was then admitted to the Doctoral College, "Identität und Differenz. Geschlechterkonstruktion und Interkulturalität (18. - 21. Jahrhundert)" at the University of Trier in Germany where he wrote his dissertation under the direction of Dr. Viktoria Schmidt-Linsenhoff (2003-2007). He currently works independently on numerous cultural and artistic projects in Benin.