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EVA International Announces 2016 Curator

According to E-flux, the curator for the thirty-seventh edition of Ireland’s contemporary art biennial EVA International in 2016 will be curated by Koyo Kouoh, an independent curator and founding artistic director of an art center in Dakar, Senegal called RAW Material Company.

The upcoming edition also marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising that began on April 24, 1916, which initiated the modern Irish struggle for liberation from British colonial rule. The biennial will be titled “Still (the) Barbarians” and will investigate the postcolonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure. On her curatorial approach, Koyo Kouoh said: “Ireland, which I consider the first and foremost laboratory of the British colonial enterprise, has always been a fixture in my thinking on the psychological and political effects a system designed to humiliate and alienate can have on peoples’ souls. The coincidence of EVA 2016 with the centenary celebrations of the Easter Rising provides a welcome opportunity to engage artists and thinkers in this exciting discussion.”

Kouoh is also a curator of FORUM, the education program of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York and has served on the curatorial teams for Documenta 12 (2007) and 13 (2012). She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.