Introduction with the curators Koyo Kouoh and Rasha Salti
Koyo Kouoh is an independent curator and cultural producer, working and living in Dakar, Senegal. She is the founding artistic director of Raw Material Company—a center for art, knowledge, and society in Dakar. Kouoh is also curator of the education program at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London. She has served as curatorial advisor for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012); she co-curated Les Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine in Bamako in 2001 and 2003, and over the years, she has collaborated in different capacities with the Dakar Biennial. Some of her more recent projects include Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists (2015); Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa (2013), 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 (2013), the first monograph dedicated to the work of seminal Senegalese process-oriented artist Issa Samb. In 2016, she launched the Raw Academy, a pioneering international pedagogical laboratory for artists based in Dakar.
Rasha Salti is an independent film and visual arts curator and writer, working and living between Beirut and Berlin. She began her career working at the Théâtre de Beyrouth, a multi-disciplinary performance and exhibition space in Beirut (1992–95). She co-curated several film programs including The Road to Damascus, with Richard Peña, a retrospective of Syrian cinema that toured worldwide (2006–08); The Calm Before the Storm, a Retrospective of Lebanese Cinema, also with Richard Peña, and presented at Lincoln Center, New York (2009); and Mapping Subjectivity: Experimentation in Arab Cinema from the 1960s until Now, with Jytte Jensen (2010–12) showcased at MoMA, New York. At present she is commissioning editor for La Lucarne, the experimental documentary program for Arte France. In 2011, she was one of the co-curators of the 10th Sharjah Biennial for the Arts; and in 2015, she co-curated with Kristine Khouri the exhibition Past Disquiet: Narratives and Ghosts from the Exhibition of International Art for Palestine (Beirut, 1978), at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (MACBA), and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, in 2016.