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Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Chameleon Watch Party

Virtual | Artist Residency | Columbus Premiere | Wex Commissioned Project

Artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, dressed in gold clothes and headdress, stands against a shimmering purple background while holding a crystal orb in one hand and a gun wrapped in sequined fabric.

Part sound art, part creative critical discourse, the Chameleon features a screening of Jaamil Olawale Kosoko’s most recent film work, created in residence at the Wexner Center’s Film/Video Studio, plus a community conversation hosted by the performance artist, poet, and curator.

Chameleon explores the idea of the artist as someone who shape-shifts in order to survive in the world—not only in response to the environment, but also in response to the past, their inner selves, and imaginations of the future. The American Chameleon podcast began as a way to capture and archive the critical (but often invisible) conversations Kosoko was already having with fellow Black/POC artists, scholars, and activists during the development of his newest performance work of the same name.

Together with Kosoko, a 2020–21 Wexner Center Artist Residency Award recipient, we’ll explore how these subjects exemplify the chameleonic figure who moves between cultures, mediums, and projected identities. Conversations between the artist and friends, interwoven with his reading excerpts of key texts as well as experimenting with sound art, allow us to dive into the rich complexities of grief, the ways in which identity forms or emerges out of one’s creative practice, and how history, politics, and personal narratives shape the work that contemporary artist-citizens create.
Tonight's event–featuring Dionne Custer Edwards, Director of the Wexner Center's Department of Learning and Public Practice; Dr. Nadine Georges-Graves, Chair of Ohio State's Department of Dance; and Alexis McCrimmon, the Wexner Center's Film/Video Studio Editor–continues those conversations.

If you're joining us for the watch party, we encourage you to wear a costume or something fun!

More about the artist

Artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, dressed in gold clothes and headdress, stands against a shimmering purple background while holding a crystal orb in one hand and a gun wrapped in sequined fabric.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, photo by Sara Griffith

Artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko wears gold clothes and headdress and black sunglasses while standing against a shimmering purple background.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, photo by Sara Griffith

Artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, posed in front of an American flag, stretches his hands towards the camera. The words "American Chameleon with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko" appear below his hands.

Photo: Erik Carter

MADE POSSIBLE BY
Greater Columbus Arts Council
American Electric Power Foundation
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Huntington Bank
Nationwide Foundation

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Kaufman Development
Cardinal Health Foundation

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