Koyo Kouoh

Founding artistic director of Raw Material Company, Dakar and champion of art from Senegal and its neighbours

The independent Cameroonian curator continues to expand the discourse around contemporary African art, while also helping to reshape how the artworld is run in the background. Fresh from placing postcolonial politics back in the foreground of the Western consciousness at the EVA International biennial in Limerick, Ireland, in April, Kouoh is overseeing RAW Material Company, the space she founded in Dakar in 2008, expand this autumn to include RAW Academy, an experimental art school. While shaping the talks programme of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York and London, Kouoh was also one of the committee responsible for appointing Documenta 14’s curator, Adam Szymczyk, working at both a micro and macro level internationally.