Koyo Kouoh

Founding artistic director of Raw Material Company, Dakar and champion of art from West Africa and beyond

Kouoh’s RAW Material Company in Dakar boasts an exhibition space, a residency programme and an academy for locally based artists to study ‘artistic and curatorial practice and thought’. Given that the academy faculty includes anthropologist and filmmaker Elizabeth A. Povinelli, as well as artists Rick Lowe and Rosa Barba, and that its current session is led by artist Otobong Nkanga (herself a former RAW resident), one would imagine that Dakar is seeing a surge in artist residents as a result. At RAW Kouoh cocurated the group exhibition All of the wrongs that were in the world, I gathered them up, an instalment of the Goethe-Institut/HKW-initiated Hubert Fichte: Love and Ethnology project. In Berlin, she cocurated HKW’s three-day project Saving Bruce Lee – African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy. By the end of the year Kouoh was heading off to Pittsburgh, where her exhibition Dig Where You Stand was on view as part of this year’s Carnegie International.