Son of Man, is a trans-national attempt to re-imagine and re-translate the Book of Job (King James Version), into a contemporary lens by comparing and contrasting Job’s story to the lives of Amir and Sheila’s fathers. Through a variety of initiatives, they seek to find the histories that built a definition of masculinity that the modern man strives to attain; bringing to light how a singular story of what counts as manhood manifests in the public space of Nation making and in the private sphere of family building.
We want to see the body as an instrument of joy
rather than a site of shame or a tool of violence.
Amir Hall spent five years in Amherst College learning to write. Along with outstanding penmanship, he also developed an affinity for cross-genre writing and performance. Amir realized his dreams of American suburbia pretty early in life, training for a year in costume and set construction and design for theater, as Amherst College’s Design Fellow. Since then, he has dedicated himself to independent art-making and research. Multi-talented and indecisive, he writes, performs, models, sings among other things. His most recent project, Son of Man, in collaboration with his performance partner, Igbo-Nigerian performance artist Sheila Chukwulozie, engages writing and performance art as research methodology into the losses and suffering at the core of postcolonial African and Afro-Caribbean masculinities. His performance art has been seen in Trinidad, Nigeria and in the US. He has recently begun writing publicly, mostly on his blog while his work also appears in the Irin Journal and Okayafrica.com.
Sheila Chukwulozie defines her self as an Igbo Cyborg contending with the state of being simultaneous: fixed and fluid, object and subject, matter and spirit, digital and analog, native and migrant. She imagines a future where performance, physiotherapy and technology meet at a powerful junction to upgrade the current definition of healing. Her performances and installations have been shown in, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Czech Republic and USA. With a background in historical and political analysis, she always attempts to fuse social anthropology with performance. From August 2017- August 2018, she travelled as a Thomas J Watson fellow studying with traditional mask makers and cloth weavers in eight African countries.
Current resident at Delfina Foundation. Published on Artnet, Disegno, Washington Post, TEDx, Financial Times,The Republic Journal, Frieze, and Bubblegum Club.