Artist talk after the performance on 02-NOV moderated by Anta Helena Recke (Director) | On 01-NOV Shuttle Service from the Schwere Reiter to the Festivalzentrum. | On 02-NOV Shuttle Service from the Schwere Reiter to the Hoch X and then to the Festivalzentrum.
Poet and performer Jaamil Olawale Kosoko dedicates #NEGROPHOBIA to his dead brother; the piece is driven by the pain caused by his violent death. In an attempt to find an answer to violence motivated by racism, Kosoko examines the erotically charged fear that is culturally and individually directed at the black male body. This gesamtkunstwerk is carried by an emotionalism that constantly threatens to topple, and it is simultaneously a lecture, dance performance, and installation. Together with the performance artist IMMA and composer Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Kosoko confronts the audience with the presence of bodies staged in a powerful way, and he analyzes the ambivalence of racism and exoticization in a society where black men are very aware that in their everyday reality their lives are permanently in danger.
Creation, Concept, and Installation Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Poetry/Text Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Performances IMMA, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Decor/Set Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Kate Watson-Wallace Costume Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and IMMA Sound Engineering, Technical Support, and Performance Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste Sound Design Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko LightingDesigner Serena Wong Stage Manager & Lighting Supervisor: Michael McGee Dramaturg Mersiha Mesihovic Video Design James Doolittle, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko Studio Assistants Aaron Philip Maier, Eli Tamondong
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.
Jeremy Touissant-Baptiste is a composer, designer, and performer who lives in Brooklyn, New York. His works look through the lens of the precarious labor force and deal with the complex interplay between industry, identity, and environment, and the intersectionality of these subjects. He is a founding member of the performance collective Wildcat!, and he works together on a regular basis with different visual and performance artists.
IMMA received a professional dance training at Montgomery Ballet; Ailey School; and Nutmeg Conservatory, and afterwards she danced for three seasons with Atlanta Ballet. She graduated from Parsons/The New School for Design with a bachelor of fine arts degree, and she continued her education at Central Saint Martins, where she received her master of fine arts degree. She lives in New York City and tours internationally as a dancer and performer.