Cosmo Whyte

2019

Fellowship.

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I am a multidisciplinary artist who employs drawing, performance, and sculpture to create conceptual work that explores how notions of identity are disrupted by migration—particularly migration as an unfinished arc of motion whose final resting point remains an open-ended question. I situate my work in the liminal space between early culture shock and final acclimatization. My creative process begins through the interrogation of my own (racialized as black, gendered as man) body, and the personal memories that are embedded within it. I use this archive as my entry point into collective political interrogations.

Projects
The Fire Next Time,

The Fire Next Time,2019, Cosmo Whyte fabricated and designed in partnership with HEKLER a collaborative platform and collective focused on the critical examination of hospitality and conflict. Nickel Plated Steel Ball Chain Curtain. Getty acquired archival image of “Brixton riots, London, April 1981” Courtesy of the artist.

The Enigma of Arrival in 4 Sections: Section 1 Guess who is Coming to Dinner,

The Enigma of Arrival in 4 Sections: Section 1 Guess who is Coming to Dinner,2018, Cosmo Whyte, Mussel shells, life vest, shipping palate. Courtesy of the artist.

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