|The idea for the exhibition is from curator Koyo Kouoh, who is director of her own art institution in Dakar, Senegal. She asked five artists to delve into the phenomenon of Hollandaise and the peculiar trading relations and cultural interchanges that it represents. They all produced new work especially for this exhibition, which after Amsterdam will travel on to Dakar.
Growing up in Africa, Kouoh became fascinated by Hollandaise. The exuberantly decorated textiles are used chiefly for clothing for special occasions, such as weddings and funerals.
Koyo Kouoh is the director of RAW Material Company in Dakar. She has been co-curator for exhibitions including Hypocrisy: The Site Specificity of Morality in the National Museum for Art, Architecture, and Design, Oslo (2009) and ‘GEO-graphics, a map of African art practices past & present’ in BOZAR in Brussels (2010). She was also artistic advisor for Documenta 12 and 13.
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