Syllabus for Black Love: a kiki with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko as J-Lov, Dana Michel and Ravyn Wngz

Thursday, May 13th, 2021 – 5 to 7 p.m.
Online via Zoom
In English, with ASL interpretation and live transcript
French translation offered through captions
Pay what you can ($1 to 40 suggested — nobody turned away for lack of funds)
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This event is offered in collaboration with The Toronto Dance Community Love-In.

The Toronto Dance Community Love-In and Studio 303 host an event that screens a conversation between Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Ravyn Wngz and Dana Michel. Come witness online richness, conversation, and have the opportunity to engage in a Q+A session with Jaamil and other attendees. Moderated by Love-In Co-artistic Director Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis, the conversation will center around themes offered by Jaamil, and together the panelists will kiki on topics of black love, self love, care, joy and survival. 

My hope for this panel is for each artist to discuss their journey toward self love and how it’s practiced in their lives, art, and communities. I also see this as a community discussion where participants are encouraged to activate the chat with discussion and links towards resources, texts, images that inspire them on their personal love journey.” —Jaamil Olawale Kosoko

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American performance artist, poet, and curator originally from Detroit, MI. His creative practice draws from Black study and queer theories of the body, weaving together visual performance, lecture, ritual, and spiritual practice. Recent awards include, but are not limited to: 2020 PEW Fellowship in the arts, 2020-21 Resident Artist at the Wexner Center for the Arts, 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Choreography, 2019 NPN Development Fund Award, 2019-21 Movement Research Artist in Residence, 2018-20 Live Feed Artist at New York Live Arts, 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellow, 2019 Red Bull Writing Fellow, 2017 MAP Fund recipient, and a 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow.
His works have toured internationally to South Africa, Europe, Canada, and throughout the US. He is the author of two chapbooks: Animal in Cyberspace and Notes on An Urban Killfloor. Season 1 of his interview-based podcast, American Chameleon can be found on all podcast platforms. In 2020 he was the Alma Hawkins Visiting Chair in the World Arts and Cultures Department at UCLA. Visit or follow @chameleon_coalition on Instagram for more information.

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