About the speakers:
Issa Samb was born in 1945 in Senegal and lives in Dakar. In 1974 he founded, together with a group of artists, writers, film- makers, performance artists and musicians, the Laboratoire Agit'Art. 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, 2012, Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dak'Art, Dakar, 2008 and 'Seven Stories of Modern Art in Africa', Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1995.Word!Word?Word! Issa Samb and the undecipherable form, his first solo exhibition in Europe was on view at OCA, Office of Contemporary Norway in 2013.
Jean Michel Bruyère is a French born artist, writer, director and graphic designer based in Marseille and Berlin. His theatre-performance based work is grounded in the tradition of improvisation and actionism. He is the director of numerous films, videos and plays. His most recent works include Return to Chicago - Tribute to Fred Hampton (2013), Le Progrès de l'Immobilisme (2013), Polyptych Bobby Seale (2012) and Le Préau d'Un Seul #12 (2012). He is a founding member of the artists collective LFKs based in Paris, Marseille and Berlin.
Koyo Kouoh is an exhibition maker and cultural producer whose curatorial work revolves around the redefinition of the contemporary African persona. She is the founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar. She has served as curatorial advisor to documenta 12 in 2007 and to d(OCUMENTA) 13 in 2012. She has collaborated with the Dakar Biennale from 2000 to 2004 and co-curated the Les Rencontres de la Photographie Africaine in 2001 and 2003. Kouoh is the curator of the education programme of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London. She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.