Jamal and Damilola: A Nigerian Banking Scam Romance by Julian H. Scaff
"A great mix of hilarity and repulsiveness...one of the most interesting conceptual art works I've seen in a long time."
-Eleanor Antin, artist and author
My new book Jamal and Damilola is a cross-genre art book existing as art object, performance, and cultural inquiry. It lays out, in detailed exchange, the online romance between Jamal Skaff, a Lebanese party-loving resident of Ibiza, and Damilola Sodipo, a lost, yearning-for-true-love young woman claiming to be Scottish but who is in fact (probably) a young man running banking scams out of Lagos, Nigeria. The book documents their humorous and at times non-sensical 'relationship', exploring the constructed narratives of banking scams, via an amorphous online body politic which is connected and yet simultaneously disconnected.