In «Black Body Amnesia», Jaamil Olawale Kosoko enlivens a personal archive. Jaamil brings to the stage visual and verbal fragments, melding vocalisation, music, spoken word, movement, moving-image, sculpture and fabric.
With an alternating cast of DJs, singers and a sound designer, Jaamil explores how marginalized communities record and affirm their existence through collaborative actions and protests. Here, the overarching question is how these narratives of personal freedom can be archived to subvert culturally charged fields of systemic oppression, loss and erasure.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a versatile Nigerian American poet, artist and curator from Detroit. Their creative work draws from Black study and queer theories of the body, weaving together visual performance, lecture, ritual and spiritual practice. Jaamil’s performances are deeply invested in the intersections between Black cultural history and autobiography.
The creation of Black Body Amnesia (the performance reading) is supported by EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY; the Wexner Center for the Arts; Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program; Dance/NYC Advancement Fund; and Media Arts Assistance Fund (MAAF), the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and Hinterlands Residency in Detroit, MI.