Performing Arts

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

2020, 2021

A man with his eyes covered by a scarf surrounded by tulle and ribbon

A Detroit native based in New York, Kosoko is a first-generation Nigerian-American poet, curator, and performance artist familiar to Wex audiences through the 2018 presentation of his multimedia work Séancers (pictured above). 

Kosoko’s Artist Residency Award has been extended through next summer 2022. This fall, Kosoko will work onsite in the Film/Video Studio to complete a multi-channel installation for his Syllabus for Black Love project. The new work will be presentedopen at the Wex in spring 2022.

Kosoko’s 2020 Artist Residency Award project will build upon Chameleon, a work that combines multiple disciplines to, in the artist’s words, “make use of, or reconfigure the conventions of, the performative experience; reconsider queer archival practice; and propose alternative ways of experiencing Black identity.”

Kosoko will participate in outreach activities on and off the Ohio State campus during the fall of 2020 before debuting the next iteration of Chameleon in March 2021. The project will offer both in-person and online access points for audiences. Acknowledging uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, this date is subject to change.

More about Jaamil Olawale Kosoko.