Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: #NEGROPHOBIA

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko:



WED 2.11.2016 at 19:00
THU 3.11.2016 at 19:00

Stoa Cultural Centre

Tallinnanaukio 1, Helsinki







#negrophobia examines the erotic fear associated with the black male body. Jaamil Olawale Kosoko juxtaposes interior and exterior landscapes to expose a confessional identity-mashup where visual and performance aesthetics collide in a face-off of self-revelation, ecstatic theatricality, and discomfort. Part social commentary and part self-critique, #negrophobia references issues related to grief, misogyny and black patriarchal constructs of masculinity. Together with model, performance artist, and night-life personality IMMA, Kosoko presents the audience with powerfully staged bodies, forcing them to contemplate how they might also be involved in the construction of forms of racism.

Originally from Detroit, MI, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American curator, producer, poet, choreographer, and performance artist currently based between Philadelphia and New York City. He is a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and an inaugural graduating member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University.

He has held producing and curatorial positions at New York Live Arts, 651 Arts, and The Watermill Center. His work in performance practice is rooted in a creative mission to push history forward through writing and socio-political art making. Kosoko’s work in live performance has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. His newest performance work #negrophobia recently made its European premiere at Tanz im August, Berlin and will tour throughout Europe in 2017. The work is also nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award.

As a performer, Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of visual artist Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater, among others. Kosoko’s poems, interviews, and essays have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, Silo, Detroit Research v2, Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), MR’s Performance Journal, and Critical Correspondence (NYC). In 2011, Kosoko published Notes on an Urban Kill-Floor: Poems for Detroit (Old City Publishing). He has served on numerous curatorial and funding panels including the National Endowment for the Arts, MAP Fund, Movement Research at Judson Church, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Baker Artists Awards, Bemis Center, among others. He continues to guest teach, speak, and lecture internationally. Kosoko is a 2016 Gibney Dance boo-koo resident artist and a recipient of a 2016 USArtists International Award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.





Creation, Concept and Installation: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Performance: IMMA, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Set: Kate Watson-Wallace and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Costume: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and IMMA

Sound Design: Jeremy Toussaint Baptiste and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Sound Engineering, Video & Technical Support, and Sonic Accompaniment: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste

Lighting Designer: Sarena Wong

Stage Manager & Lighting Assistant: Jonathan Gonzalez

Dramaturgy: Mersiha Mesihovic

Video Design: James Doolittle, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko


#negrophobia was created with commissioning support from Gibney Dance.


Premiere: 23.9.2015 Gibney Dance (New York)

Duration: 75 min.



Photo: Umi Akiyoshi

Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a performer, composer, and commercial independent contractor. His work, through the lens of precarious labor, complicates notions of industry, identity, and environment and the implications of the intersections of such phenomena. He is a founding member of performance collective, Wildcat!, and frequently collaborates with performers and fine artists, often under the alias CROWNS. He has presented work at the Brooklyn Museum, The Public Theater, The Studio Museum In Harlem, American Realness at Abrons, FringeArts, Judson Church, Arts East New York, JACK, University Settlement, Harlem Stage, as well as on Dazed Digital and Complex.com.

IMMA is a recent graduate of Central Saint Martins MA in Fine Arts Program where she concentrated on the idea of performance through moving image. IMMA is an artist that hopes to transcend the limitations of the preconceived.

This performance of #negrophobia is made possible through commissioning support from Gibney Dance, and residency support from The Bushwick Starr.




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