Artists Alberta Whittle, Dean Hutton and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko will come together for a discussion around queerness, critical race and affect. Curator, poet, and performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, in works like his performance #NEGROPHOBIA examines the erotic fear associated with Black bodies within the context of contemporary US politics. Dean Hutton, who was facing a court case related to their work #FUCKWHITEPEOPLE earlier this year, experiences how affected, inspired or offended white people can be by a white queer artists's acts of dissidence. Interdisciplinary artist and researcher Alberta Whittle's practice is informed by diasporic conversation and working collectively towards radical love. Her curatorial research looks at the need to decolonise public art institutions. Alberta, Dean and Jaamil will join a conversation about the struggles around the intersections of sexuality, ethnicity and privilege and the role of artists in social justice.
Dean Hutton is a genderqueer (1) artist in Johannesburg interested in portraiture as co-authorship; social media as narrative; technology as self-reflection and provocation; public conceits & queer identity as body of work. Dean has been working across photography, video, social media, performance and community action since the late 1990s and is is currently pursuing a Masters of Art at the University of Cape Town. Dean co-curated the #notgayasinhappy #QUEERasinfuckyou Film Festival in 2015.
(1) Genderqueer is a non-binary transgender identity
Alberta Whittle is an artist, researcher and freelance journalist. She has accrued extensive professional experience developing exhibitions and workshops in South Africa, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy and the UK. In 2010, Whittle was selected for Edinburgh College of Art’s Centenary Exhibition as one of the 25 alumni making significant contributions within the world of art. In 2011, the Museum of London commissioned her discursive project, SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, SPEAK NO EVIL, which brought together migrant groups to examine themes of displacement, citizenship and xenophobia.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, originally from Detroit, is a Nigerian-American curator, poet, and performance artist. He produces and curates for, among others, New York Live Arts; 651 Arts; and Watermill Center. Kosoko's poems, interviews, and essays are published in different publications and newspapers in the U.S., and he is booked internationally for talks, performances, and lectures. His piece #NEGROPHOBIA
will be shown at SPIELART 2017.
The director, choreographer and researcher Jay Pather is director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town; curator of the Infecting the City Festival at the Centre for Performative Practice, Zeitz MOCAA; and artistic director of the Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. As part of his work for the ICA Live Art Festival he created structures for interdisciplinary collaboration. In 2016 he became a fellow at the University of London, and the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. For SPIELART 2017 Jay Pather is the curator consultant to the CHASING RAINBOWS program.