DIALECTIC OF LIGHT AND DARK
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JAAMIL OLAWALE KOSOKO - DIALECTIC OF LIGHT AND DARK
One of the greatest inventions of the twentieth century is the African-American male-- “invented” because black masculinity represents an amalgam of fear and projections in the American psyche which rarely conveys or contains the trope of truth about the black male’s existence.
- Thelma Golden, Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art
the dialectic of light and dark is a movement conversation in which autobiographical memories, formalism and emotionality fold into one another; a meditative dance where emphasis is placed on how light, sound, and the materiality of the body all co-exist as one evolving texture. Using visual deprivation and a queering of space that privileges physical and verbal illegibility, Kosoko’s solo aims to complicate the textures of blackness and identity being performed. Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, a Nigerian American curator, poet, and performance artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY, juxtaposes interior and exterior landscapes to expose a confessional identity-mashup where visual and performance aesthetics collide in a face-off of self-revelation, ecstatic theatricality, and discomfort.