We are honored to host artist Kamal Rahim Tanner Tourgee from June through August 2022 as he researches the history, theory, and performance praxis of electronic music, focusing on the contributions of women, black, and indigenous composers in this field. He is inspired by DJ Lynnée Denise who states her approach "to describe a mix-mode research practice, both performative and subversive in its ability to shape and define social experiences, shifting the public perception of the role of a DJ from being a purveyor of party music, to an archivist and information specialist."
About the Artist
Kamal Rahim Tanner Tourgee (he/him/his) received his MFA in Multidisciplinary New Media Arts & Critical Theory from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2019. Kamal's practice utilizes public art, murals, installation, digital video, and sound art. He has been accepted to prestigious artist residencies including MASS MoCA, Assets 4 Artists, and he was a PBS American Documentary POV Spark African Interactive Art Residency Finalist. His work has been exhibited at Transformer Gallery, School 33 Art Center, the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center, ICA Baltimore, the Harn Museum of Art, and has been screened in numerous group shows and festivals.
As a descendent of African Slaves, Free Blacks, and Cherokee Indians, his creative practice is informed by cultural, social, and technological literacies of the Black Radical Tradition. His comparative research interests interrogate identity and community formation in local, national, and diasporic contexts focusing on Blackness, experimental storytelling, resistance movements, fashion, expressive maker culture, and emerging technologies’ role in the development of consciousness to contribute to a just society. He is expanding his practice into the global electronic dance music scene as a DJ and Producer, via his stage name KAMAL ERRORR. He is currently living and working with Alice Cat Black on the land of the Susquehannock People and the unceded lands of the Piscataway and Nanticoke Peoples in Baltimore, Maryland, healing via his beloved outlet and portal, the Studio.
About WPA's Residency Program
In the 1980s WPA had a designated apartment and studio space designed by the artist David Ireland. More recently, following our conversion to an artist-driven program model, we shared our space in 2018 with three artist mothers and their children for Artist Mother Studio, a project organized by the artist Amy Hughes Braden in 2018. Since the fall of 2020, we have hosted five Artist-Organizers-in-Residence: Brittney Washington, Bilphena Yahwon, Mikhail Ilyin, Adele Kenworthy, and currently Kamal Rahim Tanner Tourgee.