Christelle Oyiri: "I feel like adding my piece is also finding peace in silence"
Also known as DJ CRYSTALLMESS, the multidisciplinary artist, journalist and producer on the joy of speaking out.
Christelle wears dress vintage Paco Rabanne. Earrings Alan Crocetti. Necklace and bracelet Ambush. Shoes model’s own.
Christelle Oyiri’s story originally appeared in Up + Rising, a celebration of extraordinary Black voices, and is the first chapter of i-D's 40th anniversary issue (1980-2020).
i-D chronicled over 100 activists and artists, musicians and writers, photographers and creatives, in Atlanta, Baltimore, Minneapolis, LA, London, New York, Paris and Toronto.
“I must admit I think a lot has been said these past few years and most importantly, this past year. So I’m not sure how MORE speaking can help. We’re living a historical call to action but surrounded by a lot of noise, images of death obstructing Black people's mental health.
Being forced to elaborate on your humanity is ultimately damaging. Will it ever stop?
I feel like adding my piece is also finding peace in silence, softness and stillness. I don’t have anything to say, anything to add to the tale of our social death, and it’s okay.”
Photography Joshua Woods.
Styling Dan Sablon.
Hair and make-up Aurore Gibrien at Bryant Artists using L’Oreal hair and Dior make-up.
Set design Kaduri Elyashar.
Photography assistance Kyle Keese.
Styling assistance Latif Samassi.
Make-up assistance Ruben Mas.
Casting director Samuel Ellis Scheinman for DMCASTING.
Casting assistance Alexandra Antonova.