First Person Series: Koyo Kouoh

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First Person is an intimate video-based series by FNB Art Joburg where artists, curators and gallerists offer personal accounts of their platforms, practice, process, and projects.

In this episode we sit with Koyo Kouoh to discuss When We See Us: A Century of Black Figuration in Painting — a group show featuring more than 200 paintings made by 154 artists from 28 countries. The executive director and chief curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art Kouoh is a prolific cultural producer that describes what she does as being “very much defined by what needs to be done.” A departure informed by love, she walks us through the urgent need for the show.

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Ruth Ige. Don't hide your glory, 2022.
Acrylic on canvas. 122 x 122cm. (© Copyright 2022, STEVENSON. All rights reserved)