The artist and philosopher Denise Ferreira da Silva is a full professor at the Institute of Social Justice at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) and an adjunct professor at the Monash University School of Art, Architecture, and Design (Melbourne, Australia). In fall 2022, she was a visiting professor in the Department of Performance Studies at New York University. In spring 2023, she is occupying the International Chair of Contemporary Philosophy of the Department of Philosophy of the Paris 8 University.

She is the author of Toward a Global Idea of Race (University of Minnesota Press, 2007), A dívida impagável (Workshop of Political Imagination and Living Commons, 2019), Unpayable Debt (Stenberg / MIT Press, 2022) and the co-editor (with Paula Chakravartty) of Race, Empire, and the Crisis of the Subprime (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013).


Her artwork includes the films Serpent Rain (2016), 4 Waters: Deep Implicancy (2019) and Soot Breath / Corpus Infinitum (2020), in collaboration with Arjuna Neuman, as well as the relational artistic practices Poethical Readings and Sensing Salon, in collaboration with Valentina Desideri. She has performed shows and lectures in important artistic spaces, such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Whitechapel Gallery, London; MASP, São Paulo; Guggenheim, New York, and MoMa, New York. She has also written for publications for major art events (Liverpool Biennale, 2017; São Paulo Biennale, 2016, Venice Biennale, 2017 and documenta 14) and published in art spaces such as Canadian Art, Texte zur Kunst and e-flux. She lives and works in the traditional, ancestral and unceased territory of the Musqueam people (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm).