Jamaican artist Cosmo Whyte will give a talk titled, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” about his multidisciplinary practice on Thursday, April 13 in Gorgas 205, 7:00 p.m. Whyte employs drawing, performance and sculpture to create conceptual work that explores how notions of identity are disrupted by migration. His visit is sponsored by The Kirby Endowment and the Department of Art and Art History.

Whyte describes himself and his work: “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.”

Cosmo Whyte, installation view ("The Well Traveled African"), 2015

Assistant Professor Jane Cassidy, who organized Whyte’s visit, encourages visitors from several disciplines to attend the lecture. “His work is so relevant to the current political climate and innovative in the manner he speaks to immigration. He speaks on pertinent issues in an encompassing and welcoming fashion that only further draws his audience into his work and ideas.”

More about Whyte here: http://www.cosmowhyte.com/. For more information, contact Jane Cassidy jcassidy@ua.edu.