“Right now I’m working on my new project which will be about gay sexuality and homophobia in the western culture. Sadly still in 2020 LGTBQI+ people still encounter homophobia and discrimination in many different forms. I am researching where this homophobia comes from and why gay sexuality is for some people still very difficult to accept. I’m also looking into what types of discrimination gay people encounter and how they are dealing with it now. With this experience, I want to raise awareness for the fact that gay people still aren’t treated like normal human beings in many cases in daily life.”
When talking about the ways COVID-19 has impacted her works, Iris confesses that it mainly slowed it down. She feels at times during the pandemic her concentration really drained, especially as working from home can sometimes be very distracting. Luckily the coordinators, the partners, the coaches and the other artist of the Next Talent were all super kind and helpful. “That makes the program so cool and unique: that it really helps you in the way you want to grow. Also it increases your network profoundly, which is never a bad thing!”, Iris concludes.