With a respectable resume, Purple is a mighty hardcover magazine that has been printed in France since 1992.
Today established as a point of reference not only for the fashion system, but also for the world of niche periodical publishing, Purple has crossed generations talking about art, fashion and culture. The magazine was born from an idea of Olivier Zahm and Elein Fleiss who in the era of glossy magazines were in open controversy with the superficial glamor of the 80s.
Purple manages to capture a "trendy" world in a way that subverts notions of superficiality and replaces it with a focus on personal expression and quality.
THE ISLAND ISSUE
"The word Isola has always had a deep emotional resonance for me. It evokes the family summer holidays in the 70s, the romantic getaways in the 80s and the fantasy of disappearing and starting over somewhere, far away. Always at the search for the Island that could change my life.
It was pre-pandemic, before a full year of travel bans, global health control and mass destruction of social, sexual and artistic life. We were stuck, feeling miserable, which suddenly strengthened the island's appeal not as a simple dream but as a real option. And, by the way, we are all islands. Wherever we are, our home is an island. We are increasingly isolated, but ultra-connected. We are alone while in permanent contact with each other. Loneliness is no longer a romantic condition; it is a technological state of mind, the existential form of our increasingly digitalized life.
I also wanted to experience firsthand what it means to live and work on an island, creating this number mainly from Ibiza with a group of friends and artists. The idea was to experience the island from the inside, not just as a tourist visiting for a week or two, to face life from a different perspective.
The island represents a myth, an allegory and a visual motif. It can be defined more by the fantasy it arouses than by its geography. It is "another space", a margin, an exile, an elsewhere. Thomas More called his island "Utopia" ("nowhere" in Greek), an imaginary micro world that offers an ideal model. An island is not just a possible place for isolation, refuge, pleasure and escape; it is also a reboot, a stepping stone into the unknown, a secret laboratory for new experiences and sensations.
While the land affirms identity, stability, conventions, control and power games, the island represents openness, movement, transition, transgression, anarchy, clandestinity and new ideas.
Urban spaces are no longer the center of attraction. The pandemic has started to create an artistic diaspora, inciting people to leave crowded communities. Living apart is now not only acceptable, but recommended and inspiring. The feeling of exile can lead to forms of creativity beyond the restrictions of cultural conformity.
Islands can also be places of resistance, in physical opposition to the dominant ideologies of the mainland. They are places for free thinking, but also for smaller communities of people trying to escape big data, which are permanently occupying our lives and monitoring our decision making. The appeal of islands continues to grow as our uniform, disillusioned and somewhat disoriented technology-dependent societies seek "other spaces," those that are disconnected from the ever-expanding Anthropocene.
In this issue, it was important to explore all the new possibilities: from transfeminism to sustainable housing, from wild swimming to archipelagic thinking, from utopian themes to architecture, and from bold fashion to the power of painting - with four intrepid artists (Amanda Wall, Elizabeth Glaessner, Miriam Cahn and Lisa Yuskavage).
It was also necessary to travel to real islands, shoot there, meet people and capture something from this non-continental perspective: from Hong Kong and the neighboring island of Lamma to New Zealand, Ibiza, a Swedish island and the island of Naoshima in Japan. Each is a powerful microcosm, a miniature world that reflects the planet and the human condition. "
- Olivier Zahm
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