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Cosmo Whyte

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

My work employs drawing, performance, and sculpture to question and critique identity construction in representations of migrant peoples. My process begins with an interrogation of my own body: racialized as black, gendered as a man. I use personal experiences of migration and immigration to question colonialist constructions of masculinity, race, and belonging. My work also explores notions of identity as disrupted by migration, which I address as an unfinished arc of motion. Its final resting point remains an open-ended question.

My most recent work references bodies of water as liminal, transitional spaces with allusions to international trade, human migration, and liberation. Rituals, and their displacement, erasure, and adaptation also enter the work as generative sites of intervention, and as stages for performing and experiencing place (or placelessness).

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