MARINA ABRAMOVIĆ Artist
Contemporary art owes an immense debt to Abramović, an early champion of using one’s body as an artistic medium and, as exemplified in The Artist Is Present and
512 Hours, the patron saint of durational performance. Ahead of two new shows in London this autumn, inspired by the life and death of Maria Callas, she shares her ‘diet soup’ as part of our Artist’s Palate series (page 138), an apt palate cleanser to follow our sumptuous visual feast.
BRILLANT NYANSAGO Stylist
Nyansago is the creative director of Petrie, an independent media enterprise that aims to break down stereotypes and celebrate the marginal. This month, the Burundi-born global citizen styled our story on young designers to watch (page 086). ‘I was pleasantly surprised by the diverse selection,’ he says. ‘One of the highlights of the shoot was discovering that one of the models, Promesse, was from Rwanda, just across the border from Burundi. It added a very personal and emotional layer to the shoot.’
JASON HUGHES Fashion Director
‘The mood for this issue is one of optimism, of looking to the future and the world opening up,’ says Hughes. ‘It’s all about the joy of dressing up again, and embracing decadence.’ Personal highlights include celebrating six up-and-coming designers (page 086), and working with photographer Till Janz and his alter ego Hugo (page 108). A Central Saint Martins graduate and former consultant, Hughes joined Wallpaper* in 2015 and is now busy preparing a celebratory shoot for our 25th anniversary issue.
HUGO Till Janz’s alter ego
A self-professed ‘metahuman’, Hugo could not have been nicer about this month’s menswear shoot (page 108): ‘The catering was fantastic, the stylist was great, the location insane. However, the photographer really thought he could be a model as well… You tell me.’ At the moment, he’s building his dream house in Cryptovoxels, developing his career as a model and working on his own conceptual art exhibition. ‘You name it, I’ve done it. And what I haven’t, I will do.’
AINDREA EMELIFE Writer
London-based curator and critic Emelife interviewed Paul Mpagi Sepuya (page 092) for us this month. ‘Juggling time zones and Sepuya’s busy schedule crystallised into a very early morning start for him,’ she says, ‘with me talking to him on the phone in a taxi en route to the closing night of my show, “Citizens of Memory”.’ A Courtauld Institute of Art graduate, Emelife is currently working on her first two books, as well as producing her first art documentary.
OSKAR PROCTOR Photographer
This month, we tasked regular contributor Proctor with shooting our Newspaper section (page 045) and our story on Hublot’s sapphire watch (page 073). He loved the variety of subjects, but was struck by one item in particular: ‘The Loewe bracelet bag was so beautiful and tactile,’ he says. ‘And it was such a joy to work with [models] Oscar and Ngozi; they had no qualms about standing very still for hours on end.’ Proctor is currently working on a book about Europe’s historic decorative arts ateliers.