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Durimel by Kary Shiver

Globetrotting twins Jalan and Jabril are using photography, film and fashion to challenge their rapturous audience

LocationLos Angeles, United States

Twin photographers and videographers Jalan and Jibril Durimel grew up in a shuffle of cultures. They were born in Paris and lived in Guadeloupe, Miami, St Maarten and LA as children and have recently decided that their purpose in life is to help the world “familiarise itself with its foreign neighbours”. As citizens of the world, they are combatting regressive edicts from world leaders simply by creating gorgeous work that isn’t just a pin on a map.

Filling up the pages of their passports, the twins’ nomadic style translates into richly saturated shoots with musicians like Dev Hynes and Dazed 100 compatriot Kelsey Lu, whom Durimel shot as part of the massive SS17 campaign with Kenzo alongside actor and Black Lives Matter campaigner Jesse Williams and Golden Globe-winner Tracee Ellis Ross.

Although coy when talking about upcoming projects, it seems that the twins’ boundless energy is being put to good use. In 2016, the pair trekked to the Caribbean to film the music video for African-American indie-folk singer Mereba’s visually stunning “Bet”. Shot on an old-school Bolex H16, the duo expose the reality of how black gay men are viewed in parts of the Caribbean where homosexuality is persecuted. In one scene, a routine beating ends not in blood, but in gold glitter, proving that our differences can’t be solved with violence. “I think we did a good job,” say the twins. “We enjoyed the outcome and it’s paved so many new roads for us to execute future projects.”

Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff