IMMA/MESS

Performance Artist

IMMA/MESS (aka Jarrod Kentrell) is a performance artist originally from New York, but now residing in London.

Growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, moved to New York to join the African-American dance troupe Alvin Ailey. He was further trained at a Conservatory in Connecticut, in Holland, and eventually was offered a training position with Atlanta Ballet.

Disenchanted with dance, Kentrell applied to Parsons and Central Saint Martins, graduating with honours in Fine Art, specialising in Performance Art. His persona as IMMA/MESS is a compilation of his childhood memories and references, combined with the influence of Leigh Bowery, Grace Jones, Cindy Sherman and John Waters. He aims to push diversity within the Drag community and questions what the scene can become. 

IMMA/MESS (aka Jarrod Kentrell) is a performance artist originally from New York, but now residing in London.

Growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, moved to New York to join the African-American dance troupe Alvin Ailey. He was further trained at a Conservatory in Connecticut, in Holland, and eventually was offered a training position with Atlanta Ballet.

Disenchanted with dance, Kentrell applied to Parsons and Central Saint Martins, graduating with honours in Fine Art, specialising in Performance Art. His persona as IMMA/MESS is a compilation of his childhood memories and references, combined with the influence of Leigh Bowery, Grace Jones, Cindy Sherman and John Waters. He aims to push diversity within the Drag community and questions what the scene can become.