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Stephan Köhler
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.
Oral and written Knowledge - transfer in Adéagbo's practice
Stephan Köhler examines what globalisation and the one-way transfer of African cultures to the West means to Benin artist Georges Adéagbo’s practice and how he reverses the roles of both explorer and explored.

In this class, Stephan Köhler discusses Georges Adéagbo’s methods of storytelling, assessing the role of printed matter (newspapers, books, texts on textiles) in his installations, and looking at how this communicates with objects not only from Africa, but also from local flea markets. This class also presents a screening of the recent documentary film on Georges Adéagbo, "La Personne de Georges Adeagbo" by Matteo Frittelli.  Interviews with Okwui Enwezor, Daniel Birnbaum, Carlos Basualdo, filmed in The Palazzo Vecchio Florence, Venice Biennial 2009, MADRE Napels, Benin, and other locations.
Price: £10
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)

Venue: Hayward Gallery Room 3

Approximate duration: 2 hours