B . I . O .
Joshua MotonJoshua Moton is an interdisciplinary artist who combines cello performance, teaching, textiles, installation art, and dance to create unique works which speak to his experience of being ever in between; his commitment to the African, Afro-Diasporic, and African-American cultural legacy; the rural Black southern culture of his family homestead in Pollard, Alabama; queer Black identities and the struggle to find healing, peace and actualization in a place which which invalidates you; journey and drift as forms of radical placemaking; and the place of art in the creation of self-image.
His work is inspired by Yoruba and Hatian ritual, performance, and ceremony. He finds inspiring in them the way the senses become tied together in this web of the sacred with each discipline becoming a step on a cosmic path, linking together to form a road on which humanity might meet the spiritual. He is interested in the ways Africans exiled to the New World maintained these traditions and put them to flourish and unknowingly inspire much of American culture despite or rather, in negotiation with, brutal repression.
He received a B.A. in Africana Studies (Fine Arts) at Oberlin College and is currently a resident artist at the Flux Factory in Long Island City, New York. He has exhibited while a student at Oberlin, and has performed original works in New York, Boston, Houston, Oberlin, and Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. He was trained classically in cello and later discovered jazz under Ralph Jones III. He was mentored by Adenike Sharpley, professor of Dance and African-American studies at Oberlin College.