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April, 8-11, 2020

Chameleon: A Biomythography

Dancer wrapped in a smooth dark golden piece of fabric from head to toe. Photo courtesy of EMPAC

Chameleon: A Biomythography is a live art work that explores the fugitive realities and shapeshifting demands of surviving at the intersection of Blackness and queerness in contemporary America. In this new work from Nigerian American artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, a melanated stage saturated in africanist texts and iconography becomes a site of ecstatic spiritual fantasy in which an ever–present experience of grief is punctuated by moments of beauty, care, and pleasure. Inspired by an on-going fascination with erotic digitality and Black diasporic spiritual practice, Kosoko uses the apparatus of performance to conjure an environment of sudden, unexpected, emotional complexity.

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