Jaamil Kosoko shares new work in progress at Gibney Dance 890 Broadway on Jan. 8th
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Continuing an investigation into the complexities of Black masculinity, emotionality, and the erotic, as well as embodied manifestations of history, trauma and memory, I will work on a new project titled The Jigaboo King, a performance installation derived from a 2015 original work I created titled #negrophobia. This new work is scheduled to premiere at Abrons Art Center (New York City) in the Fall of 2017 and will investigate America’s historical fascination with naming, terrorizing, and exterminating “paranormal” life -- aliens, witches, demons, immigrants, etc. -- as metaphor for queerness/otherness/blackness. Through a mash up of orginal music/texts, horror-film soundtracks, negro spirituals, and interview clips, this work will examine the residual effects and parafictional constructs of whiteness as a code of supremacy within the contemporary American project.