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jaamil olawale kosoko

jaamil olawale kosoko is a Nigerian American performance artist, poet, and curator originally from Detroit, MI. Their creative practice draws from Black study and queer theories of the body, weaving together visual performance, lecture, ritual, and spiritual practice. Recent awards include: 2020 Pew Fellowship, 2020-21 Resident Artist at the Wexner Center for the Arts, 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography, 2019 NPN Development Fund Award, 2019-21 Movement Research Artist in Residence, 2018-20 Live Feed Artist at New York Live Arts, 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellow, 2019 Red Bull Writing Fellow, 2017 MAP Fund recipient, and a 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellowship. Their works have toured internationally to South Africa, Europe, Canada, and throughout the US, appearing in festivals and venues such as The Centre for the Less Good Idea (Johannesburg), Fusebox Festival (Austin), PICA | Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Tanz im August (Berlin), Moving in November (Finland), Within Practice (Sweden),TakeMeSomewhere (UK), Brighton Festival (UK), Oslo Teaterfestival (Norway), and Zürich MOVES! (Switzerland) among others. They are the author of two chapbooks: Animal in Cyberspace and Notes on An Urban Killfloor., and the book Black Body Amnesia: Poems and Other Speech Acts. Their poems and essays have been included in The American Poetry Review, The Dunes Review, The Broad Street Review, among others. Season 1 of their interview-based podcast, American Chameleon can be found on all podcast platforms. In Fall 2020, they were the Alma Hawkins Visiting Chair in the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA and they are currently a lecturer in the arts at Princeton University.

Past Classes & Events

[In-Person] Moving Between Worlds

Jul 11 – Jul 15, 2022
melt

(Postponed) Movement Research at the Judson Church

January 17, 2022
performance

MELT – Creating Your Biomythography: An Interdisciplinary Performance Lab

Jan 8 – Jan 10, 2020
melt

Movement Research at the Judson Church

January 06, 2020
performance

MELT – The Transgressive Body

January 18, 2019
melt

MELT – The Transgressive Body

January 13, 2019
melt

MELT – The Transgressive Body

January 13, 2019
melt

MELT – The Transgressive Body

Jan 7 – Jan 10, 2019
melt

MELT—Deconstructing Perceptions

Jan 10 – Jan 14, 2018
melt

Diversity and Accountability: A conversation with the MR Artists of Color Council

November 02, 2016
event