Stephan Köhler is a German media researcher, photographer and creative agent. He has worked in Venice, at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and in Japan, where he was Curator at Large at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art from 1996 to 2006, and was responsible for many exhibitions, such as Unity in Expansion, the first Roman Opalka show in Japan, and the group show In Bed, which included work by Nan Goldin, Bill Viola and William Kentridge. In 1999 he began working with Georges Adéagbo, coordinating the realisation of his installations, and in 2002 moved to Benin to start a residential community for artists, writers and researchers.
'Religious Metaphors in Adéagbo's texts and installations' and 'Re-interpreting religious metaphors'
In this morning session, participants explore two to three local churches with Benin artist Georges Adéagbo’s close associate Stephan Köhler Köhler will discuss the symbolic and allegorical content of paintings and statues encountered during the visit.
In the afternoon, photos taken on the morning excursion will be printed out in the gallery. Köhler will add them to the installation created during the previous two days, explaining Adéagbo’s way of reading the Bible and how it relates to his idea of life being a tight-rope between self determination and destiny.
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)
Ticket price does not include travel
Venue: Offsite. Meet at Hayward Gallery Ostrich Lounge
Approximate duration: 7.5 hours including including a 1.5 hour break