Visiting scholar Koyo Kouoh will offer a brief presentation and lead a discussion on RAW Acádemie, an experimental program for artistic thought and curatorial inquiry that she recently launched as part of the activities of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge, and society in Dakar, Senegal.
Suggested reading: Koyo Kouoh, “Being Africa: Contextual Narratives of Artistic Environments,” in Paul O'Neill, et al, eds., The Curatorial Conundrum: What to Study? What to Research? What to Practice? (LUMA Foundation and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, distributed by MIT Press, 2016), 181–188.
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Biography: Koyo Kouoh is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar, Senegal (www.rawmc.org). For Carnegie International, 57th edition, 2018, Kouoh is participating with Dig Where You Stand, an exhibition within the exhibition based on the Carnegie Museum of Art’s collection. Previously, she was the curator of 1:54 FORUM, the educational programme at the Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York, and served in the curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012). Kouoh was also the curator of “Still (the) Barbarians,” 37th EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial in Limerick (2016); “Streamlines: Oceans, Global Trade and Migration,” Deichtorhallen, Hamburg (2015); “Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the work of six African women artists,” WIELS, Lunds Konsthall, 49N6E FRAC Lorraine (2015–2016); and “Precarious Imaging: Visibility surrounding African Queerness,” RAW Material Company (2014). She edited Word!Word?Word! Issa Samb and the undecipherable form, RAW Material Company/OCA/Sternberg Press (2013), the first monograph dedicated to the work of seminal Senegalese artist Issa Samb; Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa, a collection of essays resulting from the eponymous symposium held in Dakar in January 2012; and Chronicle of a Revolt: Photographs of a Season of Protest, RAW Material Company & Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2012). Besides a sustained theoretical, exhibition, and residency program at RAW Material Company, she maintains a critical curatorial, advisory and judging activity internationally. She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.