“What does it mean to defend the dead? To tend to the Black dead and dying: to tend to the Black person, to Black people, always living in the push toward our death?” – Christina Sharpe, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being

Pain, loss and escape are the main issues in Jaamil Olawale Kosoko’s work. His most recent piece “Séancers” takes a closer look at the US-American “racialized body” and its psychic, spiritual, and theoretical strategies to shapeshift through socio-politically charged fields of loss and oppression. He collapses lyrical poetry, psychic movement forms and strategies of discursive performance to investigate concepts of grief, resurrection and paranormal activity. His auto-ethnographic journey through American history and colonialism leads into the surreal and fantastical states of the Black imagination. A haunting séance that traverses fleeting existences and gender complexity.

In English / By: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko / With: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Vanessa E. Thompson (Soziologin, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) / Das Projekt “im*possible bodies. Performing sharing celebrating. Festival für utopische Praxis” wird gefördert durch die Kulturstiftung des Bundes und unterstützt durch die Freunde und Förderer des Mousonturms e.V. (f.f.m).

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