BAHM | 2.27.18 | Koyo Kouoh
Koyo Kouoh is a Cameroonian independent curator. In 2008 she founded RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal, an initiative involving curatorial practice, artists residencies, arts education, and archiving of art theory and criticism. She has worked to organize the Dak'Art biennial from '00 to '04, co-curated Bamako Encounters Photography Biennial in '01 and '03, and served as curatorial advisor for Documenta 12 & 13. She is also the curator of the talk program 1:54 FORUM for the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London and NY.
In 2013 Kouoh curated, WORD! WORD? WORD! Issa Samb and the Undecipherable Form at RAW Material Company. The exhibition, which featured the renowned Senegalese artist's conceptual sculptures and paintings, marked the release of his first monograph published by RAW in collaboration with the Office of Contemporary Art Norway. In 2014, Kouoh curated Issa Samb: From the Ethics of Acting to the Empire without Signs, the first UK solo exhibition of the artist, presented by INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts) at Rivington Place. This exhibition, similar to that previously mentioned, was an installation designed to mirror the artist's studio and explore his collaborative film performances with French theatre director Jean Michel Bruyère.
In 2016, Kouoh curated, Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists for the WIELS, Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels. The exhibition featured the work of artists Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Tracey Rose, and Billie Zangewa, among others, and explore black feminist art within international networks.