Announcing: 'Cotton Dreams' by NIC Kay

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of Cotton Dreams, a book of multidisciplinary works by NIC Kay. This book will be released in a hardcover first edition this Fall of 2019.

Image © NIC Kay

Image © NIC Kay

ON Cotton Dreams:

COTTON DREAMS is a scrapbook, which utilizes text, collage, and photography to chronicle a series of altering, obscure, and mundane performative moments centering self making in the 21st century whilst still in the shadow of the history of slavery and object-hood. 

For 11 years, NIC Kay has researched + journeyed through cultural conflicts of material desire, sociopolitical struggles for representation in fashion, and the pursuit of a black radical politics beyond aesthetics.

Image © NIC Kay

Image © NIC Kay


NIC Kay is from the Bronx.

They are a person who makes performances and creates/organizes performative spaces.

Their work choreographically highlights and meditates on Black life in relationship to space, social structures, and architecture through centering embodied practices. 

They are deeply invested in the act and process of moving, the change of place, production of space, position, and the clarity gained from shifting of perspective.

Their exhibitions, performances, and publications include Deep-Time Construction, CCA Wattis Institute, CA, 2018. AMERICAN REALNESS Festival, Abrons Arts Center, NY, 2018. slothish - where deos it hurt?, MoMA PS.1, 2019. you black + bluised, Abrons Arts Center, 2019. pushit!!, CAC, 2019, CD Zines, Self-published, 2014.

They were a (2018-2019) Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Workspace studio resident .

They have choreographed for and performed in the works of:

Yulan Grant, Bruce Nauman, Lauryn Hill, Lauren Baskt, Jonathan Gonzalez, Keyon Gaskin, Jimmy Robert, A.K. Burns, Rashayla Marie Brown, Elodie Pong, Amina Ross, Rashaad Newsome, Shea Coulee, Ion Lloyd, and Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz.

NIC Kay have shown work + performed, and taught workshops throughout the United States and Internationally.