Koyo Kouoh is once again on the ArtReview Power 100 List
Tuesday 27th October, 2015
EVA 2016 Still(the)Barbarians announced on the ArtReview Power 100 again, jumping 23 places to 73.
ArtReview Online, Power 100
‘She has always been somebody who was interested in much more than just contemporary art, and these are the strong people of today,’ says Tate Modern’s Chris Dercon of Kouoh. As links between the African art scenes and the wider artworld are strengthening, so the curator’s influence increases. Seen as one of the gatekeepers to the continent’s art scene since founding the RAW Material Company in 2008, a white-cube space for art, education and research in Dakar, Kouoh has been busy: Body Talk, a show of six female artists from African countries, toured to four venues across Europe in 2015, including Wiels and Lunds Konsthall; next month she opens the timely Streamlines: Metaphorical and Geopolitical Interpretations of the Oceans at Deichtorhallen Hamburg, before curating EVA International, the Irish biennial, under the title Still (the) Barbarians next year.
She oversees the educational and artistic programme for 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which launched a New York version this year, having now established itself in London, and is currently completing a ‘field research’ project for Moscow’s Garage titled Saving Bruce Lee: African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy.