Curator’s Perspective: Koyo Kouoh and Daouda Keïta

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Curator’s Perspective: Koyo Kouoh and Daouda Keïta
A conversation on the African museum and contemporary art
Wednesday, November 10, 6pm EST

ICI Online available in English
FREE and open to the public
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Two visionaries in the museum field in Africa, Koyo Kouoh, Chief Curator and Executive Director of Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town, South Africa, and Daouda Keïta, Executive Director of the Musée national du Mali in Bamako, Mali, will be in conversation as part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective talk series.

The two will discuss the essential role that museums in Africa play in sustaining contemporary artistic practice and developing new curatorial perspectives. Kouoh and Keïta were appointed to their current roles in recent years, and they will share their vision for the future of their institutions, drawing from a variety of experiences, including the creation of innovative curatorial and cultural models in Senegal and Mali, respectively.

The English recording will include ASL Interpretation and live closed-captioning.

The Curator’s Perspective is a free, itinerant public talk series featuring established U.S. and international curators, who present on their work and research. It was developed to offer audiences ways to connect with timely information and a wide variety of international perspectives on contemporary art and curating today. The series sheds light on movements and models that are shaping the curatorial field today, addressing questions about art, culture, and the artists and exhibitions that curators look to.

The Curator’s Perspective series has been made possible, in part, by a grant from the James Howell Foundation and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Access Fund. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council. Special thanks to Sarina Tang, and Barbara Hoffman.

Curator’s Perspective: Koyo Kouoh et Daouda Keïta
Une conversation sur le musée africain et l’art contemporain
Mercredi, 10 novembre
11h00, heure de New York (EST)
16h00, heure de Bamako
17h00, heure de Paris

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Deux visionnaires du champ muséal en Afrique, Koyo Kouoh, Commissaire et Directrice du Zeitz MOCAA au Cap, Afrique du Sud, et Daouda Keïta, Directeur du Musée National du Mali à Bamako, Mali, seront en conversation dans le cadre de la série de conversations publiques d’ICI, la Curator’s Perspective.

Les deux directeurs discuteront du rôle essentiel des musées en Afrique dans le maintien de la pratique artistique contemporaine et le développement de nouvelles perspectives curatoriales. Kouoh et Keïta ont été nommés à leurs fonctions actuelles dans les dernières années et ils partageront leur vision de l’avenir de leurs institutions, en s’appuyant sur une variété d’expériences, notamment la création de modèles curatoriaux et culturels innovants au Sénégal et au Mali, respectivement.

Ce programme est enregistré et disponible en français et en anglais.

La Curator’s Perspective est une série itinérante et gratuite de conversations et conférences publiques, mettant en vedette des commissaires américains et internationaux, qui présentent leur travail et leurs recherches. Elle a été développée pour offrir au public des moyens d’accéder à des informations opportunes et une grande variété de perspectives internationales sur l’art contemporain et le métier de commissaire d’aujourd’hui. La série met en lumière les mouvements et les modèles qui façonnent le champ curatorial actuel, en abordant des questions sur l’art, la culture, les artistes et les expositions vers lesquels les commissaires se tournent.

La série de la Curator’s Perspective a été rendue possible grâce, en partie, à une subvention de la Fondation James Howell et au soutien généreux du Board of Trustees d’ICI et du ICI Access Fund. Ce programme bénéficie du soutien du Département des Affaires Culturelles de New York en partenariat avec le Conseil Municipal. Nous remercions également Sarina Tang et Barbara Hoffman.

Image credit: Wianelle Briers/Courtesy Zeitz MOCAA

November 10, 2021


Daouda Keïta

Daouda Keïta is the Executive Director of the Musée national du Mali in Bamako, Mali’s national museum of archaeological and ethnographic collections and contemporary art. An archeologist and professor at the Université des Sciences Sociales et de Gestion de Bamako, he has dedicated his work to defend cultural heritage by forming partnerships with local communities and creating educational platforms to combat the looting of archeological sites and trafficking of artifacts. He was, for example, one of the co-founders of the “banques culturelles,” local institutions created across Mali as village museums, to provide communities with economic, social and educational opportunities through culture, aiming to address the dynamics that lead to the sale of cultural objects and to develop a sense of community ownership of archeological sites and cultural heritage to act against looting. Keïta’s vision for the Musée national du Mali is to create an open space for exchange that benefits Malian culture.

Koyo Kouoh

Koyo Kouoh is the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Zeitz MOCAA. Before joining the museum, she founded RAW Material Company in Dakar in 2008 as an institution dedicated to art, knowledge and society. A centre for critical education, an art exhibition space, and home to a creative residency programme, it supports the work of African and international artists and curators in all contemporary art media. In her independent curatorial practice, she has organised meaningful and timely exhibitions, including Personal Liberties, a program of exhibitions, seminars, talks, screenings and a publication looking at sexuality in Africa, homosexuality and homophobia; Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa, a collection of essays resulting from the eponymous symposium held in Dakar in January 2012; and Word!Word?Word! Issa Samb and the undecipherable form, the first monograph dedicated to the work of seminal Senegalese process oriented artist Issa Samb. Prior to founding RAW Material Company, Kouoh worked in cultural affairs with the Goethe Institut, the Goree Institute and later with the US Embassy in Senegal.

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