Yesomi Umolu has a history of showcasing new voices
Yesomi Umolu, a curator and former architect, was selected as the sole artistic director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial back in March which puts her in a unique position—both past programs were led by a pair of directors.
Umolu will undertake the massive citywide festival of architecture and design along with a curatorial team she is currently putting together. It’s early in the planning stages, but Umolu already has a sense of direction. Last year’s theme was Make New History and brought in more than half a million visitors to see groundbreaking projects from 140 architects and designers from 20 countries.
In preparing for the upcoming biennial, which will take place between September 19, 2019 and January 5, 2020, Umolu is focusing on building relationships. This is the part of her work that she enjoys most, she told Curbed Chicago during an interview at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in Hyde Park. Currently, she directs the program of international contemporary art at the University of Chicago’s Logan Center Gallery and will continue to do so while planning the biennial.
“It’s all about doing the best that I can to showcase an artist’s creative voice. When a project is successful for me, that’s when we’ve been able to do that. Building a good relationship with an artist and using my skills to deliver their voices to the world, that is my task,” Umolu said.
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