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.
The discovered discovers the discoverers
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 the morning session, Stephan Köhler introduces aspects of ‘European Ethnology’. The class will see how Adéagbo introduces elements of vernacular and high culture into his work, juxtaposing them with objects from Benin.
Concessions: 50% off (limited availability)
Venue: Hayward Gallery Room 3
Approximate duration: 2 hours