Societe Generale has put Koyo Kouoh, an independent exhibition curator from Cameroon, in charge of the new installation of a selection of works from the Societe Generale Collection in the exhibition space at the Group’s headquarters at la Défense in Paris.
In a different perspective and on the theme of movement, this installation entitled (Dé)placements – (Dis)placements – arose from a consideration of the specific nature of a contemporary art collection that is exhibited in an untraditional space – neither art gallery nor private collection.
The selection’s goal is to play with the visitor, offering a choice of masterpieces and a presentation that highlights the relationship between the viewer and the exhibition, taking physical displacement into account, as well as the sensory and psychological conditions. Playing on static and movement, visible and invisible, this installation strives to make the visitor aware of their relationship with the works, of their time spent contemplating the works (or not), and the ways in which the works can surprise the visitor or “lead them on a journey”. Here, the idea of a journey is at its most meaningful: sensory or conceptual journeys the visitor did not want or anticipate when moving from one place to another.
Biography of Koyo Kouoh
Koyo Kouoh is founding artistic director of “RAW Material Company” – a centre for art and knowledge exchange based in Dakar. She is also curator of the education programme run by the only African contemporary art fair in Europe “1:54”, created in London by Moroccan Touria El Glaoui.
Curating consultant for the contemporary art exhibitions Documenta 12 (2007) and 13 (2012), Kouoh is presenting the “Body Talk” exhibition this year at the Wiels contemporary art centre in Brussels. She was also co-curator of the exhibition Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine de Bamako (in 2001 and 2003), of the Géo-graphics exhibition in Brussels in 2010, and curating partner for the Salon Urbain de Douala – the Festival of Public Art in Douala, Cameroon. Kouoh wrote the first position paper on the work of the Senegalese artist Issa Samb, as well as a series of essays based on a symposium entitled “Condition Report on Building Art Institutions in Africa” which took place in Dakar in January 2012.In a different perspective and on the theme of movement, this installation entitled (Dé)placements – (Dis)placements – arose from a consideration of the specific nature of a contemporary art collection that is exhibited in an untraditional space – neither art gallery nor private collection.