For over three decades, Tony Cokes’s work has explored the ideology and politics of media and pop culture and their impact on societies. Departing from a fundamental critique of the representation and visual commodification of African American communities in film, television, advertising, and music videos, Cokes has developed a unique form of video essay that radically rejects representative imagery.
Cokes lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he serves as Professor in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. In 2022, he was the subject of a major survey jointly organized by the Haus der Kunst and Kunstverein in Munich.
Other recent solo exhibitions include De Balie, Amsterdam (2022); Greene Naftali, New York (2022, 2018); MACRO Contemporary Art Museum, Rome (2021); CIRCA, London (2021); Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona (2020); ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts, Brussels (2020); Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2020); Luma Westbau, Zurich (2019); and Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London (2019). Cokes is the current recipient of The Carla Fendi Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome.
Join us at the School of Sculpture, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, on Tuesday, March 21st, at 5.30pm.
The event is free, no registration needed, just show up.
The performance will be in English.
WHY WORDS NOW
For a discipline named after its engagement of the eye, there is an awful lot of words in the world of visual arts. Why Words Now investigates this paradoxical interdependency of image and language.
Why Words Now is a project by artist Simon Dybbroe Møller. It was co-founded by Dybbroe Møller and Helga Just Christoffersen in 2020. Why Words Now is produced by Gisa Pantel.
Why Words Now is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.