ZEITZ MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town is hosting a number of exciting exhibitions and events in November this year:
A CONVERSATION BETWEEN KATE FOWLE AND KOYO KOUOH
18th November, 6pm
Kate Fowle, Director of MoMA PS1, New York, and Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA, will share insights into their vision and processes of critical institutional making.
Since Fowle’s previous tenures as the director of the Independent Curators International, New York and Garage, Moscow and Kouoh’s at Raw Academy, Dakar, they share a long-standing intellectual and emotional affinity. Their respective careers to date have centred on the creation of spaces for thinking and production, as well as a common belief in the potential of female institutional leadership and curatorial collaboration in their field
Kate Fowle is the director of MoMA PS1. She was appointed in 2019 after six years as the inaugural chief curator of the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia, and director-at-large at Independent Curators International, New York. During her tenure at Garage, she oversaw the institution’s transition from art centre to internationally recognised, public-facing museum, establishing new infrastructure and developing departments of exhibitions, archives, education, public programmes, performance, publishing, research, development, and communications. Much more here.
Koyo Kouoh is the Executive Director and Chief Curator at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) since May 2019. Prior to this appointment, Kouoh was the founding Artistic Director of RAW Material Company, a centre for art, knowledge and society in Dakar since 2008. 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 poignant and timely exhibitions such as Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Works of Six African Women Artists. Read much more about Kouoh here.
OTOBONG NKANGA IN CONVERSATION
23rd November, 10am
Join a conversation between artist Otobong Nkanga and Zeitz MOCAA Chief Curator Koyo Kouoh following the opening of her new, multidisciplinary exhibition Acts at the Crossroads. The discussion will explore Nkanga’s interest in the politics of land, the earth as an extension of the body and the ways in which we interact with the environment.
Nigerian-born, Belgium-based Otobong Nkanga’s solo exhibition, Acts at the Crossroads, invites us to connect with ourselves and each other at these points of awareness and reflexivity.
Rather than present us with an instructive method of documentation and observation, Nkanga grounds her multimedia work in a familiarity of encounter between viewer, artist and object. She asks us to consider the earth as an extension of the physical human body, to understand that it too is undeniably alive. Exploring environmental damage and the politics of land, Nkanga’s practice becomes a conduit, a voice for these raw, organic materials. Acts of labour, mining, commodification and trade have an impact on the earth that is also mirrored in the ways we treat the body.
For more information about the exhibitions, including the venue(s), visit Zeitz MOCAA’s website: https://zeitzmocaa.museum/