Leïla El Jamil
“He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil
Combining both philosophical reflections on dualism and religious retrospection based on guilt, I created Leïla El Jamil. Giving life to a character, to a second self, is a way to experience everything that I cannot live and express on my behalf. The disguise becomes the way of escape towards a parallel universe and consequently, a questioning of my human condition as a deep reality.
Short Cuts is an installation of Leila's environment, consisting of a bed, some Polaroids and an old VHS camera in which the videos can be played.