Jaamil Olawale Kosoko : Chameleon (Live Artery Installments In-Progress)


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Chameleon (Live Artery Installments In-Progress)


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Chameleon (excerpt) is a multi-media live art work that explores the fugitive realities and shapeshifting demands of surviving at the intersection of Blackness, feminism, and queerness in contemporary America. In this new work from Nigerian American artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, a melanated stage saturated in africanist texts and iconography becomes a site of ecstatic spiritual fantasy in which an ever–present quotidian experience of grief is punctuated by moments of beauty, care, and pleasure. Inspired by an on-going fascination with erotic digitality and Black diasporic spiritual practice, Kosoko uses the apparatus of the theater to conjure an environment of sudden, unexpected, emotional complexity.

Premieres April 8-11 2020 at New York Live Arts

About the Artist:
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko