Jihan Imago (FR/BE)
Jihan Imago is a Brussels visual artist and Trans* activist born in France of Algerian origin. He likes to self-define as "Born Female Boy". Like the fact of being of North African culture, being Trans* has had a strong social impact,
especially in the discriminations that each implies and the roles that are presupposed. One of his major wishes is to contribute to changing society by stimulating reflection, through art pieces and militant projects. Originally was drawing, to which photography and writing were added, followed by movement and voice. Art as a research tool. A work that, like identity, is in response and constantly evolving.
Jihan Imago (FR/BE): NATURAL BORN HEALER
"NATURAL BORN HEALER" is an autobiographical and poetic solo performance. In a nod to Oliver Stone's "Natural Born Killers" and Gregg Araki's "Doom Generation", two teen cult films superimposed macabre roadtrips and love stories. Jihan Imago sees a parallel with what he lived at the time. His itinerant journey, ricochet of romances and tragic situations where each time he escapes death. Succession of departures with very limited choices "Stay and submit or leave? ".
Along this road, against all odds, he gets better at every step. Each time, he thought he would collapse and not get up again, but he came out even more swollen with life. When every shot could have been fatal, it was a momentum on the contrary. His story is a prayer, a breath of life, an impulse, a song of healing. She says, "I survived and here I born."
A tale about how to love and survive. Imago refers to the hatching phase of the butterfly after the larva and cocoon. The big question posed by this piece is: What is there after the butterfly?