Fashion heavy-hitters like Raf Simons, Jean Paul Gaultier and Suzy Menkes are all part of a new film exploring and honoring the universe of the to-this-day uncovered designer Martin Margiela. Produced by Yoox Group and directed by New York filmmaker Alison Chernick, the film is set to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and will be available for all eyes online April 27th.
The documentary is named The Artist is Absent and is conceived as a collaboration between Chernick and the Antwerp graduate himself, although he’s never seen in the film. “Thanks to Yoox Group, millions of people in the world will have the chance to know the creativity and genius of Martin Margiela, one of the most innovative personalities of the last century,” Chernick said. “I’m proud to have collaborated with Yoox Group, which produced the documentary and made this nomination possible.”
Chernick is a director, producer and television writer from New York, who became famous for her shorts in which she portrayed some of the most important personalities of contemporary art including Jeff Koons and Matthew Barney. Throughout her career, she has won numerous international prizes for her directing and screenwriting while her productions have been shown in the most prestigious museums in the world including the five Guggenheims, the Smithsonian, SFMOMA and The Walker. She also created the video that accompanied the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit at the Tate Modern in 2012.
Checkout the trailer here!