In the fall of 2020, the Walker engaged Studio K.O.S. in a series of talks and workshops to celebrate the collective’s long time work and to encourage participants to think deeply about the relationships between art, collaboration, politics and literary. As part of their virtual time in Minneapolis, the members of Studio K.O.S. interviewed Attorney General Keith Ellison and connected over multi-generational community building, the impact of protesting, and the roles art and artists play in the fight for racial justice.
Run time: 1 hour
Studio K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) is the longtime project of Angel Abreu, Jorge Abreu, Robert Branch, Ricardo Savion, and the late Tim Rollins. The group met as middle schoolers, with Rollins as their teacher, in New York in the early 1980s. They created a unique generative process called jamming wherein one member would read from a text, while the others would tear, paint, or collage onto the text to draw out meaning or connect to personal experiences. To learn more about their work and history, read this overview, and educators can find ways to bring their work into virtual or in-person classrooms with this facilitation guide.
Keith Ellison represents the people of Minnesota as the Attorney General. He is a longtime community activist, former executive director of the Legal Rights Center, and served on the U.S. House of Representatives for twelve years. He is the first Black and Muslim elected official to statewide office in Minnesota.