Koyo Kouoh

  • Koyo Kouoh

    FOR THE LONGEST TIME, African contemporary intellectual output, and specifically artistic output, was framed in the context of colonialism and postcolonialism. There was also a necessary focus on inclusion, which led—especially in the 1980s and ’90s—to a kind of advocacy curating.

    Curators such as Okwui Enwezor and others did amazing work during this period. We might cite, for example, the 1987 Ethnicolor festival, curated by Simon Njami in Paris; Olu Oguibe’s exhibition “Seen/Unseen” at Bluecoat in Liverpool in 1994; and, of course, two major shows cocurated by Enwezor, “New Visions: