It was 12 to 16 ºF degrees some days of the last Fashion Week in New York. Most people in the street walked around clumsily wearing several woolen layers and a mask of pain and disbelief on their faces. Looking at the photos you’d never guess. The colorful jackets of editors, bloggers and designers heading to the shows are open, the snow boots replaced by high heels and bare skin. 19-year-old models looking like nymphs walk above the crowd without showing the slightest sign of discomfort, carrying a magnetic aura that makes it impossible to stop staring at them.
Shopping makes me nervous, I can’t remember the name of a single celebrity and I’m just a spectator, a child who doesn’t completely get what’s going on. What I find fascinating is the performance aspect of fashion, the theater of it, where every part of the organism behind the scenes spins at an exhausting speed, hiding tension and sacrifice, in order to cast the nonchalant, slow-motion spell that penetrates into people’s dreams.
Interior of the Egg theater, Downtown Beirut. The Egg used to be one the first and biggest cinemas in Lebanon, designed by architect Philippe Karam in 1965. Partially destroyed during the Lebanese civil war, the Egg is still a symbol of the country's heritage, and citizens have been trying to oppose its demolition that would open the space to development projects in the area. The photo is part of the exhibition Heritage of Emotions, opening on February 6th at Galerie Nikki Diana Marquardt in Paris, curated by Lara Saab
Happy to see a story I shot in Miziara on Sette today! Miziara is a quiet Christian village in the hills of Northern Lebanon. In the second half of the 19thCentury a great starvation pushed many to leave, giving life to a wave of emigration that started as a means of survival and ended up, especially when directed towards Brazil and Nigeria, as a way to make fortune. Within a few decades Miziarans were coming back to Lebanon as kings. The phenomenon took an extravagant turn in the 70’s, when many citizens started to build spectacular houses in the shape of planes, pyramids, Greek temples, and other kitsch structures that fitted their whims. This fashion persists in the present day. The scattered pattern of construction sites and flamboyant buildings creates a surreal panorama for the tiny village, which in turn became a touristic curiosity for locals and foreigners.
If you're in Milan on December 3rd I'd love to see you at the opening of my exhibition Broken Screen, curated by Denis Curti and coordinated by Francesca Marani at STILL gallery.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
The video Models Never Talk I directed for Vogue.com is going to be included in the exhibit A-Z Il nuovo vocabolario della moda italiana at La Triennale di Milano, running from November 24, 2015 to March 6, 2016. Come by if you're in Milan!
Here's the video if you'd like to watch: http://video.vogue.com/watch/model-behavior-olivier-saillard-presents-models-never-talk
and the link to the museum's website: http://www.triennale.org/it/mostre/future/4001-il-nuovo-vocabolario-della-moda-italiana#.VkNgo7TG6u4
Happy to see the exhibition reGeneration3 from Musée de l'Elysée tour around the world. It's now in Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico, till February 2016. My work Broken Screen is among 50 projects pushing the boundaries of traditional photography.
Happy to have three video pieces I worked on in the lineup of the Fashion Film Festival Milano. It's going to be my performance videos "Models Never Talk" and "Hood By Air's MoMa House Party", and the freaky, wonderful "The Turban" by Mark Hartman I worked on as an editor. thank you Suzy Shaheen and Vogue.com!