Denis Mutungi Mwaura is an artist-art historian, curator, and writer whose research focuses on black aesthetic practices, public art, photography, and new media. Grounded in chronicling embodiment through language, landscapes, and portraiture, Mwaura's photographic practice explores intimate communal bonds and the seen and unseen histories of blackness. Exhibitions and public programs his curatorial research has supported include, Malangatana: Mozambique Modern (2020), Naughty Nymphs in the Courtyard of the Favorites (2022), Igshaan Adams: Desire Lines (2022) at the Art Institute of Chicago; Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich: Speculative Archives (2021) and Wong Ping: Digital Fables (2021) at Conversations at the Edge; and Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art at Gallery 400, UIC. His writings on artists including Kapwani Kiwanga, Daniela Rivera, and Senzeni Marasela appear in the Boston Art Review and Africanah.

Recently, Mwaura is the 2021 recipient of the Schiff Foundation Fellowship for Critical Architectural Writing, an award granted by the Department of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Public Programs Manager at Gallery 400, UIC. He received his MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.