Translation: Cool as a cucumber.
Parisian cult store colette is currently playing host to Don’t Call It Cool, a très-hip exhibition by photographer David Mushegain. Inspired by his fascination with youth culture, the exhibition consists of a series of black and white portraits captured during his years globe-trotting for Vogue. He explains, ”This is especially close to my heart. Over the years I have been blessed to remain close to many young artists, musicians and creators. This is just part of their story…”
Aiming to “create a bridge between youth culture in NYC and Paris”, he’s collaborating with friends at the Luck You Collective on a series of musical events and weekly art workshops in colette’s basement Water-bar (yes, really). Luck You acts as a platform for young, emerging artists, providing opportunities for them to display their work and meet likeminded people, the perfect scene-setters for David’s snaps.
Along with their own work, the collective have so far introduced Paris to silk-screening and 8-bit Gameboy music, as well as hosting a film night showcasing young independent directors from both the Big Apple and the city of love itself.
Still to come on the workshop front is a night of ‘DIY PUNK’ involving making a zine and some sexy Skype chat from The Red Hot Chili Peppers on the start of California Punk and its links to zine culture. Closely following will be a mini art fair including various classes and ending with (as the best things do) music and drinks. Reluctant though we are to ever drop the C-word, hop to it and get ‘cool’ at colette!
Don’t Call it Cool is open at the Water-bar in colette until August 27th
Text Francesca Dunn
Portrait photography David Mushegain