Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Lecture – CRISIS IN THE GALLERY: Curation as a Praxis of Justice
How do we begin to break the border between art and culture to allow diverse audiences to feel more welcomed inside predominantly white spaces?
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko grounds his research within three major themes: colonial distortion, personal reclamation, and fugitive survival. He exposes and problematizes the dominant American curatorial methods present within homogenized white cultural spaces. He uses his own curatorial and artistic practice as an auto-ethnographic feature within this lecture, building parallels between his work, the group of artists to which he belongs, and the larger socio-political issues his projects confront.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, originally from Detroit, MI, is a Bessie Award nominated Nigerian-American curator, poet, and performance artist. He is a 2017 Princeton Arts Fellow, a 2017 Jerome Artists in Residence at Abrons Arts Center, a 2017 APAP Leadership Fellow, and a 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow. He is a 2016 Gibney Dance boo-koo resident artist and a recipient of a 2017 and 2016 USArtists International Award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. His work has been presented throughout Europe and the United States.