#negrophobia is an investigation into the identity of the black body in our Western culture.
In 2015, the brother of the Nigerian American artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko died. In response to his senseless death, Jaamil started an investigation into the tangle of subcutaneous racism, violence, stereotyping and secret fascination with regard to blacks in the Western culture.
Kosoko explores the conflicting feelings of (erotic) desire for and fear of the black body and confronts the spectator with its dormant prejudices. #negrophobia effortlessly evolves from a look in the mirror to lecture-performance and from slam poetry to ritual séance. Through a Ku Klux Klan hymn to an essay by James Baldwin: the piece analyses racism in an almost scientific way.
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