Koyo Kouoh is the new face of ZEITZ MOCAA

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) has appointed Koyo Kouoh as Executive Director and Chief Curator commencing on 6 May 2019.  

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) has appointed Koyo Kouoh as Executive Director and Chief Curator

Koyo Kouoh brings two decades of experience as an international curator and cultural producer to her new role. As the founding Artistic Director of the thought-provoking RAW Material Company, a centre for art, knowledge and society in Dakar, she developed numerous art programmes and published widely on contemporary art. She has served as Curator of the Educational and Artistic Program of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair for eight consecutive editions in London and New York, as well as on the curatorial teams for Documenta 12 and 13.

Active in the critical field of the arts community in a Pan-African and international scope, Kouoh has a remarkable list of publications under her name, including the upcoming “RAW Académie: A Matter of Knowledge” “Word!Word?Word! Issa Samb and The Undecipherable Form” (2013) and “Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa”, (2012) to name a few.

“Koyo is an outstanding leader and a passionate visionary who has an exemplary competence and extended network in all capacities of institutional operations with the arts in Africa and globally. She will be invaluable to Zeitz MOCAA in writing a progressive vision for the museum”

Said Jochen Zeitz and David Green, Co-Founders and Co-Chairmen of Zeitz MOCAA.

“I have known and worked with Koyo for many years on projects related to the contemporary art of Africa and much more. I believe that she will be a huge contributor to the further development of Zeitz MOCAA as an institution, as her knowledge of the continent’s contemporary players contributing to Africa’s cultural history will help the museum with its core intentions of being a major voice in the field of visual culture. The Trustees have made a bold and daring choice that indicates the museum’s ambitions”

Said Gavin Jantjes, Chair of the Zeitz MOCAA Curatorial Advisory Group.

“I am thrilled to be joining Zeitz MOCAA in an executive and curatorial capacity at this crucial time in the museum’s development. It is an unprecedented opportunity to create a strong home for the production, exhibition, discussion and collection of contemporary art in Africa”.

Koyo Kouoh

Kouoh’s appointment is effective immediately with her full-time position as Executive Director and Chief Curator commencing on 6 May 2019, from when the wider executive team of Zeitz MOCAA will comprise of Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator; Brooke Minto, Director of Institutional Advancement; and Fawaz Mustapha, Director of Operations.

In its press release dated March 4, 2019, the Board of Trustees of Zeitz MOCAA wished to thank Azu Nwagbogu for assuming the role of Acting Chief Curator in May 2018. Nwagbogu’s contributions to the museum’s exhibition programme and personal commitment to ensuring continuity during this period of transition have been greatly appreciated. Nwagbogu will continue in this role until May, working alongside Kouoh during the transition and handover period, and will continue to work closely with the institution going forward.

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Zeitz MOCAA is a public not-for-profit contemporary art museum that collects, preserves, researches and exhibits 21st-century art from Africa and its diaspora; hosts international exhibitions; develops supporting educational and enrichment programmes; encourages intercultural understanding; and guarantees access for all. Galleries are dedicated to a large cutting-edge collection; special exhibitions; and Centres for Art Education, Curatorial Training, Performative Practice, Photography and the Moving Image.
Zeitz MOCAA was established through a partnership between the V&A Waterfront led by CEO David Green - acting on behalf of Growthpoint Properties Limited and the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), represented by the Public Investment Corporation Limited (PIC) - and collector Jochen Zeitz. The building was reimagined through a design by the acclaimed Londonbased Heatherwick Studio.

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