We join our colleagues at CIMAM in their petition to support Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director of Raw Material Company and the entire team of this contemporary art center in Dakar.
After the opening of the exhibition Precarious Imaging: Visibility and Media Surrounding African Queerness that is part of the independent program of Dak’art 2014, the 11th Biennial of Contemporary African Art (May 9–June 8) and co-organized by Koyo Kouoh and the independent curator Ato Malinda, the contemporary art center was vandalized on May 13. On May 31, Raw Material Company was forced to interrupt the exhibition due to continuous pressure and acts of violence from the religious community and particularly from the Islamic NGO Jamra.
We are against such pressures on any cultural institution dedicated to promoting the principles of artistic expression and freedom.
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