Concept Video… AUSSIE

This concept piece is inspired by the aesthetics seen in Western Sydney Suburbia featuring François Sagat as a third generation Middle Eastern man / woman.

The piece explores the conflicting coexistence of elements in society; modern vs. traditional, men vs. women, Middle East vs. White Australia. Remarkably though, all these elements constitute the fabric of Australian multiculturalism.

Despite the initial boundaries, may they be visual, cultural, sub-cultural, religious, ethnic, gender or sexual, our common goals and aspirations unite us despite the individual fears and stereotypes we have about the other.

In this piece François Sagat reflects on the battle of masculinity vs. femininity, traditional vs. modern society and how this transition from traditional to modern created a whole sub-culture which has (unfortunately) become a victim of discrimination by both traditional and modern sides.
This piece is not a reflection on Islam, or Muslim people in Australia. On the contrary, it is an abstract work of art interpreting battles of identity that today’s youth are fighting whilst in the process of determining who they are.

As a society it is our responsibility to accept each other, and not live by the prejudices and stereotypes of our forebears, but see beyond the veils and smoke.
We must open our eyes and see the humanity in every person we encounter and learn to accept them wholly, seeing the way they are as integral and vital in our journey together – the one that that we call life.

Elvis Di Fazio & Ron Wan
François Sagat (Mother/Son)
Richard Kavanagh (Hair)
Pauly Bonomelli (Burka)
Ttyl8er (Music)
First apperance at TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre part of Disconnect Fashion Film Festival 2014 in Toronto, Canada.

Thank You, The Collections and Disconnect Fashion Film Festival / Toronto International Film Festival.

Jean-Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier for TÊTU… Marriage For All

Jean-Paul Gaultier
here is the New Issue of the french magazine TÊTU “special collector”
French couturier JEAN-PAUL GAULTIER is the ART DIRECTOR for the march ” FASHION ISSUE” …. and ALI MAHDAVI is the editorial photographer and the shooting takes place in the famous “FOLIES BERGERES” spectacle room in PARIS…
The “Mise en scène” takes place around the thematic  ” MARIAGE / WEDDING for ALL” ( ” Mariage pour tous ” )
I am one of the 2 centaurs ..
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Postcards from the Road…

They keep me very busy here …I had the time to go to the beach yesterday at Copacabana & Ipanema with my french friend Vincent  (I m staying at “Leblon” and “Ipanema” the first day …) my hotel (Marina Palace)is very nice, can see the beach from the window…(but I’m so jetlagged from NewYork ) so I tried to take few pictures in Ipanema …on the beach will try to take more for the party tonight at “TheWeek.”
I have another screening tomorrow , and then flying back to paris , such a short trip !!!
xoxo
francois
(the rest of my vacation pictures after the jump) Read more