KADIST is announcing three new advisors

We are excited to introduce three new advisors joining the KADIST advising committees!

Azu Nwagbogu, an internationally acclaimed curator, focuses on innovative models for engaging with decolonization, restitution, and repatriation. Founder of the African Artists’ Foundation and Director of the LagosPhoto Festival, he received the 2021 “Curator of the Year” award and was named among the art world’s most influential by ArtReview. In 2021, he launched “Dig Where You Stand (DWYS),” redefining institutional building. A. Nwagbogu primary interest is in reinventing the idea of the museum and its role as a civic space for engagement for society at large. He is joining our “Middle East & Africa” advising committee.

Emilie Villez, a Paris-based curator, explores artistic and curatorial methodologies, institutional construction, and ecosystems. Her decentralized practice connects practitioners across generations and geographies. In 2024, she curated “Des lignes de désir” (Desire Paths) presenting the 28 artists who graduated with honors from Beaux-arts de Paris. Formerly the Director of KADIST Paris from 2013 to 2023, E. Villez significantly contributed to development of the international programs and to the building of the collection. She is joining our “Europe” advising committee.

Shaleen Wadhwana is an independent educator, researcher, and curator bringing audiences closer to South Asian history, art, heritage, and culture. Trained in Art History (SOAS) & Cultural Heritage Law (UNESCO), her research informed “The Unfiltered History Tour by Vice World News UK” at the British Museum, London, where it bagged 12 awards at the Cannes Lions Festival, France – a first for India. S. Wadhwana was invited to study the archives of Chemould Prescott Road, Bombay, and curated their 60th-anniversary exhibition. She is joining our “Asia” advising committee.

Learn more about our network of advisors here.