Breathing Out of School—RAW Académie / Respirer hors école—RAW Académie. Koyo Kouoh (Ed.). RAW Material Company; Motto Books

Posted in art, Motto Books, politics, writing on October 7th, 2021
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Authors: Amina Lawal Agoro, Dulcie Abrahams Altass, Yemisi Aribisala, Eva Barois De Caevel, Mamadou Diallo, Carine Doumit, Ayesha Hameed, Ava Hess, Sandrine Honliasso, Marinette Jeannerod, Koyo Kouoh, Ariane Leblanc, Dominique Malaquais, Lionel Manga, Zen Marie, Jenny Mbaye, Thierno Niang, Julie Peghini, Marie Helene Pereira, Esther Poppe, farid rakun, Frida Robles Ponce, Sumesh Manoj Sharma, Marion Louisgrand Sylla, Maya Tounta, Margrethe Troensegaard, Ibrahima Wane, Peter Webb, Syham Weigant

RAW Académie was developed in Dakar to create a space of experimental teaching and collaboration, of deconstruction and exposure, of knowledge and nourishment. Koyo Kouoh, founder of RAW Material Company, wished for curatorial inquiry and critical writing to join artistic thinking at this site of international encounters. During these two-month long sessions that take place twice a year, young artists and curators—the Académie fellows—come from all over the world to be accompanied by faculty members with whom they exchange and experiment around particular discursive practices or thematic foci. The commitment to create a community that did not previously exist has led to an ever expanding RAW Académie family of Pan-African and global orientation. This thriving and stimulating meeting ground of pedagogy and art has cultivated the emergence of many provocations, reflections and new possibilities, some of which are shared in Breathing Out of School—a volume of diverse texts that slowly constructs an invitation to ruminate upon what it means to share the table of curiosity and creativity with others, as well as think about what feeds our own earnest dreams.

La RAW Académie a été créée à Dakar afin de proposer un espace d’enseignement expérimental et de collaboration ; de déconstruction et d’exposition ; de connaissance et de substance. Koyo Kouoh, fondatrice de RAW Material Company, a souhaité que la recherche curatoriale et l’écriture critique se joignent à la pensée artistique sur ce lieu de rencontres internationales. Lors de ces sessions d’une durée de deux mois qui ont lieu deux fois par an, de jeunes artistes et curateur·rice·s — les fellows de l’Académie — arrivent du monde entier pour y être accompagné·e·s par le corps professoral avec lequel elles·ils échangent et expérimentent autour de pratiques discursives ou de thématiques particulières. La volonté de constituer une communauté qui n’existait pas auparavant a permis à la RAW Académie d’élargir sans cesse sa famille panafricaine et mondiale. Ce lieu de rencontre florissant et stimulant de la pédagogie et de l’art a cultivé l’emergence de nombreuses provocations, réflexions et possibilités nouvelles, dont certaines sont partagées dans Respirer hors école — un volume de textes diversifiés qui forme peu à peu une invitation à méditer sur ce que signifie de partager la table de la curiosité et de la créativité avec d’autres, ainsi qu’à réfléchir à ce qui nourrit nos rêves ardents.

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Body Talk. Koyo Kouoh (ed.). RAW Material & WIELS & Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, Motto Books on April 28th, 2015
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Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Artists

Bringing together artists from different parts of the continent, this group exhibition strives to define and articulate notions of feminism and sexuality in the work of women artists whose body (their own or that of others) serves as a tool, a representation or a field of investigation. The critical resonance of a specifically African – and black – feminism, together with the spread of artistic practices to international networks, have given shape to the development of a black feminist art. Stemming from the continent and the Diaspora, this black feminist art depicts bodies that continue a tradition of activism and freedom of speech.

Artists:
Zoulikha Bouadellah, Marcia Kure, Miriam Syowia Kyambi, Valerie Oka, Tracey Rose, Billie Zangewa

Authors:
Sarah Adams, Eva Barois De Caeval, Ken Bugul, Frieda Ekotto, D.E. Fault, Koyo Kouoh, Alya Sebti

Publishers:
RAW Material Company, WIELS, Lunds konsthall, 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine & Motto Books

€25.00

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