Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a performance artist and poet who works with dance, media, and sound on stage and in museums. He is in residence at EMPAC to develop a new work, Chameleon, which will have its premiere at New York Live Arts in 2020.
Chameleon explores how minoritarian communities record and affirm their existence through collaborative actions and protests that archive personal freedom narratives as a way to subvert culturally charged fields of systemic oppression, loss, and erasure. The creation of media content as a part of and in response to these actions might range from documentary film, popular music and television, cell phone footage of an event captured by a witness on the street.
For his EMPAC residency, Kosoko and a team of AV collaborators will conceive and develop an archive of found and original sound and visual clips that will become central to Chameleon's development. This informal event will include a conversation with the artist during an early-stage technical residency, so its structure and form will be determined by the artist’s creative process.
The work-in-progress showing for this event will include a conversation with the artist during an early-stage technical residency, so its structure and form will be determined by the artist’s creative process.
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Chameleon is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Chameleon is supported in part by a commission from New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Residency program with additional support from the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and the Shubert Foundation.
Additional support provided by LAX Festival, the AIR MFA Program with UARTS Philadelphia at CCN Montpellier, Friends of Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Studio 303 Montreal, and DOCH in collaboration with Within Practice - Sweden.