New York, April 28, 2015 – The Artist Is Absent is an exclusive documentary about Martin Margiela produced by YOOX Group and directed by New York filmmaker Alison Chernick. Selected for the 2015 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, it reveals the true face of the enigmatic Belgian designer who appears as never before. Featuring some of the most distinguished names in the fashion industry, such as fashion journalist Suzy Menkes, designers Jean Paul Gaultier and Raf Simons and fashion retail entrepreneur Geert Bruloot – who was the first to discover the enormous talent of Martin Margiela. The film short quickly goes through the history of the celebrated designer, briefly touching on the Antwerp Six and their collective influence on deconstructionist fashion of the 1990s.
Alison 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. In 2005, she founded her own production company called “Voyeur Films”, creating documentaries and films dedicated to fashion, art, food and music.
Video: YOOX Group
Photos: Opening Ceremony