BOI de Anne Marie Borsboom/Nitzan Krimsky


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‘Boi– Song Of A Wanderer’ Documents Nitzan Krimsky’s 10 Year Transgender Transition.

It is 2003. Nitzan, a highly intelligent, good-looking girl in her twenties, living in Tel Aviv, wants to escape the stress, terror and military draft in Israel and leaves for Tokyo to work in a nightclub. She hates the job but needs the money to keep on travelling. After Tokyo she lives in New York, Amsterdam and Milan.

Sucked into a world of escapism and night life; time and again she tries to focus her energy but her restless soul isn’t helping her much. One thing is a constant though, wherever she goes, she takes portraits of herself to keep up with her feelings.

Finally in Milan she studies and works at a renowned institute of photography, and makes a great personal discovery, although many of her self-portraits already gave a hint: ‘the girl with the moustache’ decides to change her life.

Now her identity is no longer something fixed, she feels like reborn and all her imbalances seem to vanish into thin air. As an amazingly attractive young man, he dates gay guys. New York is an eldorado for exploring both the gay world and his Jewish identity.

And ever since she let go of the past, (s)he found her life was beginning. This quote from Virginia Woolf’s novel Orlando holds true for Nitzan. He cherishes his first name, because the astrological meaning is: to die and be reborn.

After following Nitzan for ten years, the film we made about her went through a similar process of rebirth in 2013.

Now at the beginning of 2014 we are ready to publish a book with Nitzans self-portraits covering her miraculous process of struggle and rebirth.

Boi, Song of a Wanderer is a photographic journey through life and around the world to find peace and salvation, which is being true to oneself. It is a unique document and an impressive story about a ten year period in the life of Nitzan Krimsky and his transition from girl to boi. The story is told through endless diaristic self-portraits. From being the girl with a moustache, to floating in between identities, until the final step was taken. We are witnesses to this fascinating and haunting story of both victim and hero. The self-reflexive images, often provocative, narcissistic and obsessive, result from a constant and feverish investigation of the own identity and its representation. This book, and the documentary with the same title, are the result of an ongoing experiment with the capacities of the photographic medium to document, communicate, construct identity and above all as a means that allows for imaginary and creating new realities. Most of all Boi, Song of a Wanderer is the proof of an individual who dared to choose to take charge of his own existence, unravelled by photography.

Claudia Küssel

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