Michelle Müntefering, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (3 July) on the election of Koyo Kouoh as a member of the Goethe-Institut:
I am absolutely delighted that, in the person of Koyo Kouoh, an African woman has for the first time ever become a member of the largest German intermediary organisation active in the field of international cultural policy.
Koyo Kouoh is a prominent representative of German culture on the international scene, thanks to her work for the German Federal Cultural Foundation, documenta, and above all as the artistic director of RAW Material Company, a key cultural venue in Dakar.
As Minister of State for International Cultural Policy, I welcome her election as an important sign of our country’s cultural opening, reflecting its international responsibility, and as a step fostering an active cultural policy.
Koyo Kouoh – the Cameroon-born curator and artistic director of RAW Material Company – was elected to become a new member of the Goethe-Institut today, upon the proposal of the Federal Foreign Office. Koyo Kouoh is the founding artistic director of the RAW Material Company in Dakar, Senegal, and one of the most influential cultural producers in the world.