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Power 100

Most influential people in 2022 in the contemporary artworld

35

Koyo Kouoh

Curator - Director of Cape Town’s Zeitz MOCAA

35 in 2022

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Koyo Kouoh. Courtesy Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town

‘I belong to a generation of African professionals… who inhabit the world from a pan-African perspective and who, first of all, talk to Africa,’ the director of Zeitz MOCAA in South Africa told an interviewer this year. When We See Us, a survey spanning 100 years of Black figuration, is typical of her ambition; as is Indigo Waves and Other Stories, which drew connections between artists from African, Asian and Australasian countries on the Indian Ocean. This deep dive into art’s relation to geography, history and politics was also on display outside the continent in Currency, Kouoh’s edition of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg, which asked pertinent questions around circulation and value. Kouoh has also been vocal about the need to fund curatorial endeavours, positioning the discipline as being about ‘caring for the society and its citizens to ensure their well-being and vitality’; currency was also probably what drove Kouoh to organise the museum’s first fundraising gala, in partnership with Gucci, under the sign of ‘Art & Opulence’.

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