Koyo Kouoh & Siddhartha Mitter

Curator, Museum Director / Arts Journalist


On the left is a photo of Koyo Kouoh in front of a white background, her hair in blonde, bown, and black braids. She wears a blue and white patterned turtleneck shirt. On the right, a photo of Siddhartha Mitter in front of a black background. He has short dark hair, glasses, and is wearing a black t-shirt.

M. Petersen, T. Saater

  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Museums
  • Cities
  • Atlanta
"We intend to explore a different connectivity, anchored in local stakes and concerned with liberation, in a spirit of mutual learning attentive to fresh South-South collaborative and conceptual possibilities."

Siddhartha Mitter: If contemporary art has become my core focus as a writer and critic, my technical background is in the social sciences, with advanced study in the political economy of development, including research in West Africa in the 1990s. The journey since then has included strategy and analysis work in the energy industry, an eclectic range of freelance activities, then a turn to culture, as a writer on music for the Boston Globe, then a news and culture reporter for WNYC radio in New York City, then a writer on contemporary art for the Village Voice and finally the New York Times. 

Each phase on the journey has helped to build my concern with social and civic imagination — at all scales from local to global — and my belief in the power of art and culture work to help imagine new possibility. As a writer I consider myself a culture worker, a colleague and partner to those I write on, and a connector between artists, civic and community thinkers, and a broad and expanding public. 


Koyo Kouoh is Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, in Cape Town (South Africa). She was the founding director of RAW Material Company, a center for art, knowledge and society in Dakar (Senegal). She has published widely in the field of contemporary art, notably African contemporary art, and has curated many major exhibitions and biennials.  


Siddhartha Mitter is a journalist based in New York City. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, with reported features, profiles, and criticism in contemporary art and its social context. His work has appeared in numerous major publications in the arts and culture fields and beyond.   


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ADAMA (African Diaspora Art Museum of Atlanta) is an innovative museum showcasing contemporary art and culture of the African Diaspora. ADAMA amplifies the diverse voices of our global family through the creation of immersive experiences, cultivating shared learning, and facilitating meaningful points of connection.


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Housed within the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College, the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective is an innovative program dedicated to future curators, art historians, museum professionals and artists. It aims to position the Atlanta University Center as the leading incubator of African American professionals in these fields.


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