Performer, choreographer, and writer Okwui Okpokwasili joins Rail contributor Yasi Alipour and Editor-at-Large Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading.
In this talk
Brooklyn based performing artist Okwui Okpokwasili works at the intersection of theater, dance, and installation. Her work considers the dynamics of interiority and psychic space in shaping relationships, sociality, and memory grounded in the body and perspective of the Afro-femme. In partnership with collaborator Peter Born, Okpokwasili creates multidisciplinary projects. They include “Bessie” Award winning Pent-Up: A Revenge Dance, “Bessie” Award winning Bronx Gothic, Bronx Gothic: The Oval, Poor People’s TV Room, Poor People’s TV Room Solo, When I Return Who Will Receive Me, and Adaku’s Revolt. They recently had a work installed as part of the exhibition: Grief and Grievance, Art and Mourning in America at the New Museum.
Iranian artist, writer, and folder Yasi Alipour currently lives in Brooklyn and wonders about paper, politics, and performance. She received her MFA from Columbia University and is a teacher at Columbia and SVA, New York. She is currently a resident at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.
Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky)
Composer, multimedia artist, and writer Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) immerses audiences in a blend of genres, global culture, and environmental and social issues. Miller has collaborated with an array of recording artists, including Metallica, Chuck D, Steve Reich, and Yoko Ono. His 2018 album DJ Spooky Presents: Phantom Dancehall debuted at #3 on Billboard Reggae. He is an Editor-at-Large for the Brooklyn Rail.