get to know enzo
Jo-Kioko Nyeusi Kahlo Enzo, JNK Enzo (they/ze) is a queer, trans-anti-disciplinary artist from Cleveland, Ohio. Ze are a trained theater actor, director, and screenwriter with deep roots in performance, film production, cinema studies, africana, history and digital media arts. Enzo graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an AS in Theater, Brooklyn College with a BA in Film Production and BA in Theater, and their MFA in Performance and Interactive Media Arts. Enzo’s most recent credits: The Last Scene (2021) film by Sarwar Habib in which ze starred in as Lisa; Internet Nostalgia, an interactive, digital, installation performance conceptualized by Arty Kopischke (Smear Campaign), in which Enzo entertains as Robo, the internet robot. Enzo is screenwriter, director, actor, dancer, singer, editor, cinematographer, stage manager, dramaturg, chef, cosmetologist, well-trained badass and all-around artist. Enzo's current works are on flesh, capital, sustainability and disability.
''some people feel very strongly about art–specifically film/theater/media being functional vessels of escapism. they seek to go and be engulfed in a fictional world for a period of time rather than deal with the dread of living / my art looks to pick at reality, like a scab, to flesh out fleshiness and explore critically unexplored territories. my art, whether film or theater or any other form of media i use to create, has a rhythm, a heartbeat to underscore each piece with the use of the critical, the unsettling, and always challenging realities and imagined worlds through visual minimums or somewhere in-between or even put together realities with the minimum, this art-making looks to blur the line, or rather, destroy the line between any binary, because most things are far more complex and that is what i look to engage with, and always from a radically active lens…my art is blackness, it is media and music and melancholy. it is film, work and play. sustainability has come up in my artwork in grad school in a new light, similarly to the performance artist side. I am motivated by resistance. I like to be the last person standing. I like working collaboratively to ensure that everyone is on the same page. i must be active, progressing and never ceasing to engage the work to ensure a sustainable future we should all see.''