Discussion : 28 August 2012 01:01

Semesterplan – Autumn 2012: Lectures : Issa Samb and Koyo Kouoh in a discussion at the Munch Studio

OCA would like to announce a performative discussion at the Munch Studio at Ekely in Oslo between ISP resident Issa Samb and curator Koyo Kouoh on Tuesday, 28 August at 19:00. Issa Samb is a Dakar-based artist and author whose work is currently featured in dOCUMENTA (13). Samb will engage in an informal discussion with Koyo Kouoh, a curator and the director of Raw Material Company in Dakar, Senegal, that will, at the same time, create a performative action.

This event introduces Issa Samb’s participation in OCA’s International Studio Programme and his stay at Edvard Munch's Estate and Studio during his OCA residency. His presence in Oslo will prepare a project to be realised at OCA in autumn and winter of 2012. This event is the second in a series of programme activities OCA is developing in the next months in relation to art, society and politics in contemporary Africa, exploring dialogues initiated during the symposium 'Condition Report', organised by Raw Material Company in Dakar in January 2012.  

Issa Samb
Issa Samb was born in 1945 in Senegal and lives in Dakar. In 1973–74 he founded, together with a group of artists, writers, film-makers, performance artists and musicians, the Laboratoire Agit-Art, whose aim was to transform the nature of artistic practice from a formalist, object-bound sensibility to practices based on experimentation and agitation, process rather than product, ephemerality rather than permanence. With a focus on the contingent character of actions, the Laboratoire was informed by a critique of institutional power. Samb also co-founded the Gallery TENQ – Village des Arts in Dakar. He is the author of numerous plays, poems and essays. A retrospective of his work was held at the National Art Gallery, Dakar in 2010. His work has been included in exhibitions such as dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany (2012), the Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain, Dak’Art, Dakar (2008) or ‘Seven Stories of Modern Art in Africa’, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (1995).

Koyo Kouoh
Koyo Kouoh is a Cameroonian-born independent exhibition maker and cultural producer educated in Banking Administration and Cultural Management in Switzerland and France. She is the founder and artistic director of Raw Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar. Kouoh has served as agent to Carolyn Christov-Barkagiev’s dOCUMENTA (13). Specialising in photography, video and art in the public space, she has curated numerous exhibitions internationally and written extensively on contemporary African art. Besides a sustained theoretical and exhibition programme at Raw Material Company, she maintains a dynamic curatorial activity beyond the African borders. Recent exhibitions include 'Chronicle of a Revolt: Photographs of a Season of Protest' first shown at Raw Material Company (2012) and upcoming at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany; 'Hypocrisy: The Site Specificity of Morality' (co-curated with Stina Hoegkvist) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Oslo (2009). In collaboration with Anne-Marie Bouttiaux and David Adjaye, she curated the contemporary section of 'GEO-graphics: A Map of African Art Past and Present' at Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2010). She co-curated 'Make Yourself at Home', an exhibition and community programme in collaboration with Charlotte Bagger-Brandt for Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark (2010). Kouoh was also associate curator of SUD, Salon Urbain de Douala, Cameroon (2010).

The Studio in Ekely was purchased by Edvard Munch in 1916, and he lived and worked there until his death in 1944. In the 1950s seventeen buildings were constructed, establishing an artists' colony in the area, but the Studio remained and it is currently rented by OCA for the purpose of housing artists within its ISP Programme. Former residents include Lawrence Weiner, Amar Kanwar, Alice Creischer, Enrico David, Trisha Donnelly and Peter Watkins.

Photo: OCA / Anne Marte Tørresen Sørås