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Amandine Nana

Curator, author, poet, researcher

A curator at the Palais de Tokyo since 2023, Amandine Nana is also an author, poet and researcher. Trained as an art historian and urban planner, she has a multidisciplinary background in the humanities (École normale supérieure Ulm, Sciences Po Paris, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Columbia University) and specializes in African and diaspora studies. She is particularly interested in the role of narratives, marginalized publics, archives, and practices of collaboration and critical pedagogies in exhibition curation and beyond.

She has built her hybrid curatorial practice at the intersection of the arts, research, literature, publishing, education and architecture in an international context between Paris, Dakar and New York. She has collaborated on exhibition projects and programmes at numerous institutions and events including the “Chimurenga Library” project presented at Centre Pompidou in 2021. A recipient of the Foundation Martine Aublet / Musée du Quai Branly research grant in 2021, she has carried out research at the Musée Théodore Monod / IFAN in Dakar in 2021 as well as co-founding in 2022 the seminar “Perspectives Africana” at the École normale supérieure Ulm.

She is also the founder of Transplantation, a socio-cultural non-profit organization and archive, that promotes Afrodiasporic and immigrant imaginaries as a lever for social change in France. Together with artist Monika E. Kazi, she was awarded the Prix Dauphine for Contemporary Art in 2020, and the Chaumet Echo Culture Award in 2023.