Antawan I. Byrd

Antawan I. Byrd studies modern and contemporary art, focusing on practices in Africa and the African Diaspora. His dissertation titled “Interferences: Sound, Technology, and the Politics of Listening in Afro-Atlantic Art” examines the representation and uses of sound technologies by artists in locales ranging from Bamako and Port of Spain to Kingston and New York, beginning in the second half of the 20th Century. Byrd is also particularly invested in histories of photography and new media. From 2009-2011, he was a curatorial assistant at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, and most recently an Associate Curator for the 10th Bamako Encounters, Biennale of African Photography, 2015. His research has been supported by an Andrew Mellon CLIR fellowship, a Block Museum curatorial fellowship, grants from Northwestern’s Buffet Center and Barbara Shanley Fund, and a Fulbright award. He received his BA in Art History and Digital Media from Temple University in 2009.