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Tinted Souls EP9 with Laryssa: “My aim is to make people dream.”

Agneskena is no stranger within the Chase team. She recently did an editorial about must-have accessories for winter season 2020. With her 'Tinted Souls' project, she shares the stories of individuals who, like her, are tinted by their art. This project is her way of getting in touch with people and each episode embodies the emotions, beauty, sensitivity but above all, the honesty of the bond her subjects have with their passion. Agneskena herself takes care of the technical part and the 'Tinted Souls' of the magic. In this episode, we are introduced to musician, composer, and performance artist Laryssa Kim.

Article by Ioni Villanueva, images by Agneskena. This project was made possible with the support of the Flemish Journalism Fund.

WHY WAS IT IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO FEATURE LARYSSA’S STORY IN TINTED SOULS?

Agneskena: “The nice thing about an episode with Laryssa is that she approached me. So normally I step up to people and say, look, I like your profile or I like what you do and I’d love to work with you. But with her, it was the other way around. She had already seen my Tinted Souls episodes and she had heard about my work through others. That is why she came to speak to me. I liked it very much and said: 'Ok if we are going to make something about you as an artist I would like to make it into a Tinted Souls'.

And it was great because she was a perfect match with what I usually look for. She has a sincere connection with her art and also has a story to tell. In the video, you can see that she also tells us a bit about her story in Italy. I found that very interesting. In the end, it turned out amazing because I now have an Italian episode. I had never imagined that I would be able to do anything like that. So it was certainly important to work with Laryssa just to show the diversity of artists and creators and also just see how much the background of a person can influence them in their work.”

IS THERE ANY PART OF LARYSSA’S STORY THAT RESONATES WITH YOU ON A PERSONAL LEVEL?

Agneskena: “I found it interesting how she talked about the representation of black women on TV. I've never been a musician myself, I've never lived in Italy, I was born here in Belgium as an African girl, and still, it's true. I also couldn’t recognize myself on TV or in fashion magazines, or whatever.

So I think that on that level there are a lot of African girls or just people of different ethnicities who don’t recognize themselves in the media. There was really little to no representation on TV. It's nice that that point is being made once again, and that others realize where we're coming from. It's really important to have that representation. I hope that with my Tinted Souls I'm fulfilling my part a bit. To show that diversity is real, we exist, we are here.”

SHE SAYS HER AIM IS TO MAKE PEOPLE DREAM. WHAT FEELINGS DO YOU WANT TO INDUCE THROUGH YOUR WORK AS AN ARTIST?

Agneskena: “My goal was to somehow make people feel the emotion that I put into my images. At first, I did this unconsciously but now it’s a deliberate choice. They can interpret it in their own way. It is not that I want to impose something on people when they look at my Tinted Souls. I just want them to see the story and feel the emotions. That is very important to me.

And with the feedback I have received throughout the process of all these episodes, I think I have achieved my goal. Sometimes people tell me that watching Tinted Souls when they felt down gave them good vibes. So yeah, I don't know. I get emotional when I have to talk about it like that but, I think that was my goal. Not necessarily to make people dream, but above all to allow them to empathize. I want viewers to explore different stories when watching a Tinted Souls episode.”

Follow @agneskena_visuals on Instagram and @chasemusicbe on Facebook and YouTube to discover more 'Tinted Souls' episodes. Previous episodes can be found here.



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