Amir Denzel Hall identifies by his kin. A friendly reminder to be soft, Amir believes in the sacred power of storytelling and witness in exploring, with our limited language, eternal questions of the divine. Amir’s work channels the body’s inheritances, memories and dreams into multimedia works that interrogate notions of selfhood, Godhood, relationship, home, love, and grace. To a creole like Amir, form and genre are singular, amorphous amalgamations of whatever the story and spirit call for. His work centralizes love instead as its driving force and form, the thing pursued and pursuing him. He hopes to offer to participants, readers and audiences experiences of presence, which he defines as encounters with God.
He 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.