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DOCH Open Lectures Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Welcome to DOCH Open Lectures series of autumn 2019! Meet Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Nigerian-American choreographer, poet, curator, and performance artist. This specific lecture is done in collaboration with Dansmässan.

We do know, however, what blackness indicates: existence without standing in the modern world system. To be black is to exist in exchange without being a party to exchange. Being black is belonging to a state organized according to its ignorance of your perspective - a state that does not, that cannot, know your mind...

- Bryan Wagner, Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power after Slavery

Performance and other forms of creative practice can reimagine or reframe the world, but how does performance as an activist practice help us foreground and work through structural and systemic forms of violence and oppression, in particular as these relate to Black identities? What might queer, oblique and alternative readings of society reveal about the intricacies and multiplicities of Blackness? Through a series of candid and personal interviews with the performers, WHITE STATE | BLACK MIND: the making of #negrophobia considers these topics and more.

Accompanied by Nigerian-Finnish artist Ima Iduozee, Kosoko will share an installment from his newest performance project The Hold. 



A portrait of Jaamil Olawale KosokoJaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian-American choreographer, poet, curator, and performance artist originally from Detroit, MI. He is a a 2019 Red Bull Writing Fellow, a 2017-2019 Princeton Arts Fellow, 2019 NPN Creation Fund Recipient, a 2018-19 NEFA National Dance Project Award recipient,  a 2019 Gibney DiP Artist-in-Residence, a 2019 Movement Research AIR, a 2018-20 New York Live Arts Live Feed Artist-in-Residence, a 2017 Jerome Foundation Artist-in-Residence at Abrons Arts Center, a 2017 Cave Cane Poetry Fellow, and a recipient of a 2016-19 USArtists International Award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

His previous works #negrophobia (nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award) and Séancers (premiered at Abrons Arts Center in December 2017) have toured internationally having appeared in renowned festivals and performance venues including Moving in November (Finland), TakeMeSomewhere (UK), Tanz im August (Berlin), Oslo Internasjonale Teaterfestival (Norway), Zurich MOVES! (Switzerland), Beursschouwburg (Belgium), Spielart Festival (Munich), Mousonturm (Frankfurt, DE), FringeArts (Philadelphia, PA), Sophiensaele (Berlin, DE), and the Wexner Center (Columbus, OH), Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), and Montréal Arts Interculturels (Montréal, CA), among others.

He is the author of two chapbooks, Notes on An Urban Kill-floor and Animal in Cyberspace. His poems and essays have been included in The American Poetry Review, The Dunes Review, The Broad Street Review, among others.

(Photo: Imma Asher)

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DOCH Open Lectures

Artists, thinkers and teachers connected to DOCH's Dance Department share their works and thoughts in various forms. DOCH Open Lectures are open to the public, free and don't require a reservation. Welcome!

Autumn program

  • Jyoti Mistry 26 September
  • Kate McIntosh 10 October
  • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko 6 November - At SITE Black Box in Farsta at 6:15-7:45 pm.