Beautiful Stranger is an ongoing intimate performance and an experiment. It’s a methodology to immerse into new environments and new cultures, to explore behaviours and customs, as well as myself, through encounters with strangers.
“Beautiful Stranger“ takes place in public on the street, where during the course of a few hours I approach a stranger on the street and ask them to draw my picture (a creative task proven to support mood regulation), offering them a simple A4 drawing pad and a black Sharpie.
The piece is not so much about the drawings themselves, as beautiful as they can be, but the moment of connection or disconnection that the drawing facilitates. Each encounter is documented through a photo of the stranger, the drawing they make, as well as a diary entry in which I note down my observations and feelings of the moment.
Having started the experiment in London in October 2016, I have since then conducted the experiment in Tokyo, Osaka, New York and Helsinki, interacting with over 100 strangers across three continents and capturing over 30 self-portraits drawn by the people I’ve met so far.