GQ and Gucci launch three new episodes of The Performers, their five-part collaborative series produced by Dylan Jones, Editor In-chief of the British edition of GQ. The films follow five men from different creative areas by exploring an unexpected place at the heart of each protagonist and discover what has shaped his mind and vision.
The first two episodes were devoted to Bobby Gillespie, singer of the group Primal Scream, and the Italian conductor Massimo Bottura, after that, the series travels to New York for the act III with Charlie Heaton, where the actor of the series Stranger Things returns to his first steps in the city, inspired by the singer Patti Smith. Dressed in the Gucci collection designed by Alessandro Michele, he reveals that his creativity maintains a special bond with New York.
“This city makes me want to be more creative” “Its beauty lies in its change; it’s a city progressive. It may be more than it used to be, but has lost none of its power of attraction that it exerts on the people of the whole world “. – Charlie Heaton
For Act IV, the performers then set sail on the Yucatan in Mexico with the Japanese architect Junya Ishigami. Plunging into the cenotes of the Yucatan, these mysterious subterranean basins housing the deepest underwater caves in the world, Ishigami explains how nature, the greatest architect, inspires his own job.
“In my opinion, architecture is not only an environment created by the man ; It must welcome nature” “I attach so much importance to created by man, only to the creations of nature, for human beings do not one with her “. -Junya Ishigami
The provocative Chinese artist Zhang Huan goes to the Valley of Death for the last episode, Act V, where he confesses as rarely about his life and his work. Embarked on a meditative trip, he painted a work of art in homage to the extreme contrasts of the californian desert while wandering in search of the mysticism of the desert and dialoguing with everything which moves or leaves the ground, such as, plants, stones, sand or wind.
“For me, the Valley of Death speaks not of death, but of rebirth,” “The natural landscape reflects the cycle of life“. – Zhang Huan