Cosmo Whyte Jamaican, b. 1982


“The migration experience is both universal and unique. No matter where they come from, why they are leaving home, or where they are headed, migrants must navigate different customs, behaviors and values as they search for their place in a strange new world. It is experienced differently by race, gender and nationality, and the journey can be confusing, emotional and traumatic...I hope to create interest in a larger conversation on immigration and certainly the notion of identity. The identity you had in your home country is not who you will be in your host country.”


- Cosmo Whyte

Cosmo Whyte is a trans-disciplinary artist who employs drawing, performance, and sculpture to create conceptual work that explores how notions of identity are disrupted by migration—particularly migration as an unfinished arc of motion whose final resting point remains an open-ended question.
Untitled, 2023

Cosmo Whyte situates his work in the liminal space between early culture shock and final acclimatization of migration. His creative process begins through the interrogation of his own (racialized as black, gendered as man) body, and the personal memories that are embedded within it. He uses this archive as his entry point into collective political interrogations.

Whyte has exhibited in biennial exhibitions including Prospect.5 New Orleans (2022) 13th Havana Biennial, the Jamaica Biennial (2017,2014), and the Atlanta Biennial (2016). His work has been included in exhibitions at The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; The Somerset House, London, UK; Museum of Latin American Art, Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; and the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica. His work is in public museum collections, including the High Museum.


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