EVA 2016 Curator


EVA 2016 Curator and Open Call

Welcome to the EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial 2016 open call for proposals online application process.

Proposals are invited from individual artists or groups for inclusion in the 37th edition of EVA International, 16 April – 10 July 2016, curated by Koyo Kouoh. Proposals are invited in response to the curatorial project Still (the) Barbarians and the context of the 1916 Easter Rising centenary.

Proposals can be in any medium and for the presentation of existing artworks or production of new projects. Selected artists will receive exhibition fees and production budgets as appropriate. Artists can make up to 2 proposals and there is a application fee of €25 for 1 proposal or €35 for 2 proposals. EVA International is a not-for-profit organization where application fees contribute directly to programme costs. Bursaries for application fees are available to artists from emerging and developing countries, as defined by the DAC list of ODA recipients.

The online application process is now open and closes at 12.00 IST on Monday 15 June 2015.


2016 is a meaningful year for Ireland as it marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising that began on 24 April 1916, a moment of great significance in the struggle for liberation from British colonial rule. Responding to the context of the centenary, EVA 2016 will be entitled Still (the) Barbarians and will investigate the post-colonial condition of Ireland as a point of departure from where artistic reflections, critical redefinitions and political transformations are articulated.

The biennial programme will address artistic, architectural, literary and critical positions that interpret colonial effects on the psyche, landscape and imagination, and that continue to shape our present condition. Coinciding with the centenary of the Easter Rising, Still (the) Barbarians aims to draw a concentric artistic and political cartography, mapping the conflations and confines of the global post-colonial typology with Ireland as its central starting point.

Commenting on her appointment and curatorial approach to Still (the) Barbarians, Koyo Kouoh said: “Ireland, which I consider the first and foremost laboratory of the British colonial enterprise, has always been a fixture in my thinking on the psychological and political effects a system designed to humiliate and alienate can have on peoples’ souls. The coincidence of EVA 2016 with the centenary celebrations of the Easter Rising provides a welcome opportunity to engage artists and thinkers in this exciting discussion.”

About Koyo Kouoh

Koyo Kouoh is an independent curator, founding artistic director of RAW Material Company, a centre for art, knowledge and society in Dakar and curator of FORUM, the education programme at 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair in London and New York. She served in the curatorial teams for documenta 12 (2007) and documenta 13 (2012), and recent projects include “Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the work of six African women artists”, WIELS, Lunds Konsthall, 49N6E FRAC Lorraine (2015–16); “Precarious Imaging: Visibility surrounding African Queerness”, RAW Material Company (2014). In collaboration with Rasha Salti, Kouoh is currently working on “Saving Bruce Lee: African and Arab Cinema in the Era of Soviet Cultural Diplomacy”, a three-year research, exhibition and publication project to be held at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow in June 2015 and September 2016. She lives and works in Dakar and Basel.

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