Jaouad Alloul is difficult to pigeonhole. Fortunately. He sings, dances, acts, undertakes, battles (not necessarily in that order), ... But whatever he does, his mission is always the same: connecting people through dialogue and art.
- (Language) artist, entrepreneur and bon vivant
- LGBT activist
- Bridge builder
- Uses his body as a canvas to tell his story
Antwerp native in Brussels
"Of course I wanted to become Artist in Residence. It is a very nice way to put my heart and soul into one of Antwerp's most legendary buildings, even though I live in Brussels these days."
New and old
"The KMSKA has a rich history. At the same time, the new and the old come together beautifully here today. The monumental building itself, with its long corridors and stately staircases that make me feel very small. I love it when buildings make that impression on me. Not to mention the content: so much history and talent under one roof."
Art and dialogue
“I set out as AIR with a mission: to connect people through art and dialogue. To that end, I would like to delve more deeply into Moorish influences or aspects in works of art. The fusion of different cultures, a sacred marriage to serve art."
Empathy and inspiration
"I would love to work with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui one day: his way of moving and his empathy are incredibly inspiring."
Ear and cotton buds
"My most bizarre side? An unusual fascination with cotton buds."
God and father
"I live my life by the motto Alhamdulillah or ٱلْحَمْدُ لِلَّٰهِ, an expression in Arabic meaning honour to God or thanks to God. I am also grateful that I was able to take my father to his final resting place. He had expressly asked me to do so. It is my most important achievement...".