A Poem for Basquiat

Rapper Jack Miguel Performs 'Casino'

BY: Claire Connors

Inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat‘s work, poet and rapper Jack Miguel performs his piece ‘Casino.‘ The poem was filmed in the ‘Self-Portrait’ room of the ‘Basquiat: Boom for Real‘ exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London. Jack, who is also an arts educator in London, was deeply moved by the American painter’s work and dedication to art.

“Basquiat strikes me as someone who was deeply committed to their art and who protected it with a fierceness I find inspiring,” explains Jack. “As an artist that works across disciplines I’ve really struggled with my sense of identity. This feeling of not quite being part of any one world is also something reflected in my personal identity as a mixed race man living in England. He embodied this difficult sense of in-betweenness and used it as a means to transcend convention, freely creating beautiful artwork.”

Under the pseudonym Jakaboski, Jack is a founding member of the psychedelic Hip-Hop group Strangelove. The group has released two EP’s Purple (2012) and EP1 (2017) with a third EP, EP2 scheduled for release soon.

Look for more on Jack Miguel and his psychedelic films in coming weeks on PROVOKR‘s video channel.