The Poetics of Trespassing

Keijaun Thomas (USA)

Fri 31 Oct 2014, Sat 01 Nov 2014

Police Station

Photo by Manuel Vason

Part 1
Absent Whiteness,

Part 2
Looking While Seeing Through,

Part 3
Sweet like Honey, Black like Syrup

In The Poetics of Trespassing, Thomas investigates the histories, symbols and images that construct notions of Black identity within black personhood – from the plantation to factory worker, from the kitchen cook to the house nanny, from the athlete to the waiter, from the broom to flour, from the thing to the object.

In 3 simultaneous parts, Thomas examines, deconstructs and reconstructs notions of visibility, hyper-visibility, passing, trespassing, eroticised and marginalised representations of the black body in relation to disposable labor, domestic service and notions of thingness amongst materials as a way to address blackness outside of a codependent binary structure of existence. Perhaps, blackness lies within black queerness, within the black freak, within black non-conformity.

Keijaun R. Thomas is a New York/Chicago-based artist creating live performance and multimedia installations that oscillate between movement and materials that function as tools, objects and structures as well as a visual language that can be read, observed and repeated within spatial, temporal and sensorial environments. Thomas earned his Masters degree from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.