Alexander Koch is a curator, galerist, writer, and cultural mediator. In 2008 he co-founded KOW, a Berlin based gallery specialized on socially oriented art, representing international artists such as Hiwa K, Chto Delat?, Tobias Zielony. Since 2008 Koch is also co-initiator and chairman of the NEW PATRONS program in Germany. This international network for cultural mediation and self-organization offers citizens the possibility to commission art projects as a response to their social concerns. Since 2013 Koch started New Patrons initiatives in South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tunesia, and India. Since 2017 he is the founding director of the German New Patrons Society (Geselleschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber).

Alexander Koch (born 1973) studied visual arts in Dresden and Leipzig (1994−99), and was an assistant professor at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig until 2005. He worked as a curator and editor on various exhibitions and publications. Mr. Koch is a frequent lecturer and author. The dropping out of art, the economic and institutional transformations within the art world, and the societal significance of artistic practices have been main concerns in his theoretic writings. In 2003 he co-founded the Galerie Jocelyn Wolff in Paris and in 2008 KOW, a Berlin based gallery specialized on socially oriented art, representing international artists such as Hito Steyerl, Chto Delat?, Tobias Zielony, Clemens von Wedemeyer, and Franz Erhard Walther. Since 2008 Koch is co-initiator and chairman of “Neue Auftraggeber”, the German branch of the NEW PATRONS program. This international network for cultural mediation and self-organization offers citizens the possibility to commission art works of all genres as a response to their social concerns. Since 2013 Koch started New Patrons initiatives in South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tunesia, and India. (Geselleschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber).