Kyra Rose

Esra writes: When I first met Kyra, her voice enchanted me. I joked to our mutual friend that she could say anything and I’d listen, no matter what it was! But then I listened to how she spoke and what she had to say. Carefully thought out, with choice of words delicately weighed, everything elegantly enunciated. We joke about it now: I looked at her – more like stared at her – and felt full of love. Up until that point I had never thought of having voice work to accompany my imagery in that way, but once Kyra and I started having these magical, epic conversations that covered everything and nothing – I knew I wanted her to be the voice of my work, to make my imagery speak. I see my work as very natural but also stylized in a certain way, and her voice is just like that.

But asking her to contribute her voice, I realized, was just the beginning of our conversation. We developed a method of working by which we would discuss how my work came about, what it meant in my eyes and how it related to the rest of my work. Sometimes she recorded these dialogues, sometimes we just talked and she made notes. Often it seemed that she could crystallize what I knew about my work but couldn’t ever really express in words.

She gave my work a voice in ways I couldn’t imagine – not just in sound, but also in expressing my vision through giving insight into how I work with my themes and subjects.

Kyra writes: When I first met Esra, her energy and positivity amazed me – not to mention the depth and breadth of her creative universe. We had the kinds of epic conversations you recall years later – you can’t even begin to remember all the things you covered, but you are left with incredible energy and a smile on your face.

I was honored when Esra asked me to “be the voice of her work”, though I wasn’t sure how the process would go or even what I’d say! Yet I was thrilled at the prospect, as the more I explored her work, the more it made sense to me. All my work in film, cultural, and social projects somehow deals with themes of intercultural dialogue and expression; the creation of identities; what is innate, what is learned, what can be changed. So much of Esra’s work spoke to me on those levels and it has been a fantastic experience collaborating on how to highlight these themes to the viewer.


Jonathan Robrecht a.k.a ” JONNY” (link)