American Realness

The Incomprehensible Negro

M. Lamar & Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
in conversation

Tuesday January 10, 11:00am – 1:00pm

Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater
466 Grand Street / FREE / RSVP

“I came to theory because I was hurting—the pain within me was so intense that I could not go on living. I came to theory desperate, wanting to comprehend-to grasp what was happening around and within me. Most importantly, I wanted to make the hurt go away. I saw in theory then a location for healing.”
Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks

Structured as a conversation collapsing strategies of performance as life practice, theory, and public discourse, The Incomprehensible Negro reveals the internal life worlds and creative practices of two artists whose creative work have been deeply inspired by the black radical tradition. Over the course of a 75 minute performance-discussion, artists M. Lamar and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko expand upon how Black theory, scholarship, literature and music have influenced them as performance makers and thinkers.

*The Incomprehensible Negro is a concept coined by M. Lamar

Photo by Scott Shaw