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New York Times International Arts Section on EVA 2016 Curator Koyo Kouoh

Friday 16th October, 2015

’Curator Puts Contemporary African Art on the Map'

In the lead in to her curated programme FORUM at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House in London, the New York Times have published a piece highlighting the prowess and merit evidenced by the numbered and remarkable curatorial projects of EVA 2016 curator, Koyo Kouoh. See the published article here.

*image credit: Sébastien Gracco de Lay


New York Times, International Arts Section, written by Ginanne Brownell MITIC, 1 October 2015

In Dakar in 2008 she founded Raw Material, a white cube space for art, education and research, which has organized well-respected shows on topics including the environment and migration.

She was on the search committee that chose the Polish curator Adam Szymczyk as artistic director for Documenta 14, scheduled for 2017; the event is an exhibition of modern and contemporary art held every five years in Kassel, Germany. Ms. Kouoh was also involved in Documenta 12 in 2007 and Documenta 13 in 2012.

She has served on the boards of the German Academic Exchange Service, the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics at the New School in New York, and the Celeste Prize, an international contemporary arts prize.

This year, in addition to curating “Body Talk,” which closed at the end of September in Lund and will open at the FRAC Lorraine in Metz, France, on October 30, Ms. Kouoh appeared in June at the opening of the Rem Koolhaas-designed Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow. With her co-curator, Rasha Salti, a Beirut-based artist and curator, she presented a progress report on their three-year research project, “Saving Bruce Lee: African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy,” which will open as an exhibition at the Garage Museum in early 2017.

In October, Ms. Kouoh will be in London for the third edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, where she curates the educational and artistic program. She has also been working on “Streamlines,” which will open Dec. 4 at the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany. The show features a dozen artists examining how the port of Hamburg serves as a geographical and political metaphor for the oceans in terms of transportation, immigration and economics.

Next year looks just as busy. Ms. Kouoh is curating the EVA International — Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art in April 2016 and will reopen Raw Material in the autumn, after a yearlong sabbatical to assess research and programming for the next five years.



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