Ian Andrew Askew is an artist working in music, theaterand performance. Their research is concerned with historical absurdities, manufactured scarcities and contrary negritudes. Their project SLAMDANCE began in residency at Arts @ 29 Garden in 2019 and continued at The Performing Garage in 2021. SLAMDANCE TV, a video component, was commissioned and premiered by The Kitchen online in 2021. Other performances include Frequency with Justin Allen and Yulan Grant at The Chocolate Factory; A Story Project at Farkas Hall, and love conjure/blues at American Repertory Theater.

Upcoming projects include Sorry John Henry the song has no end, developed in residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Mercury Store, and Wake Forest University. As a sound artist collaborating with Camila Ortiz, they have created scores for video, performance, public sculpture, gallery installation, and AR for artists including Christopher Myers, Kaneza Schaal, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Joie Lee, and Kamal Nassif. Their short essays and poetry have been published by The Kitchen, Aperture (online and in the PhotoBook Review), and featured in To Make Their Own Way in the World, published by Aperture and the Peabody Museum Press. As an associate director with Zack Winokur and AMOC, Ian has presented work with Lincoln Center, American Repertory Theater, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As an associate director, sound designer, and performer collaborating with Kaneza Schaal, they have presented work with Detroit Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Walker Arts Center, REDCAT and Performance Space New York.

Photo credit: Morgan Askew