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Rave New WorldCourtesy of Paul Hameline

Vetements muse Paul Hameline debuts zine

The model of the moment talks about his new project, which brings together work by Collier Schorr, Willy Vanderperre and Gosha Rubchinskiy

You may recognise Paul Hameline from the Vetements catwalk, from the spring 2016 cover of Dazed or maybe even, from the Instagram of Lotta Volkova (of whom he is a close friend and collaborator), or even from the Prada men’s show earlier this week. But Hameline is much more than an in-demand model, as evidenced by his new zine Rave New World, which launches today in Paris.

The zine, the name of which derives from the famous Aldous Huxley novel, brings together contributions from nine of his friends – a group which includes Collier Schorr, Willy Vanderperre (who shot his Dazed cover), Gosha Rubchinskiy and fellow model-stroke-artist Mica Arganaraz. It also features one of his own posters which bring together hardcore porn images and photos of fighting football hooligans. Here, alongside an exclusive preview of the zine, the model and artist tells us more about this project.

Can you tell me about this zine?

Paul Hameline: Rave New World is a bi-annual limited edition zine that brings together unseen work by nine friends of mine. It’s features photographs, collages, engravings, paintings and text.

Who are those nine friends?

Paul Hameline: Collier Schorr, Willy Vanderperre, Peter de Potter, Gosha Rubchinskiy, Pierre-Ange Carlotti, Mica Arganaraz, Anouk Rabot, Léa Combacal and Kelsey Henderson.

Why have you called it Rave New World?

Paul Hameline: There are two reasons, the first is in reference to Aldous Huxley’s dystopian novel “Brave New World” which is one of the first books to shape my critical eye, and taught me certain values and principles (that I still believe in). The second, is that I met nearly every contributor at a party. And I think that when you’re surrounded by music, sweat, dance and when it’s so dark you can’t see if one’s your friend or a stranger, we form a faceless mass, an army troupe. We’re all there for the same reason, the same cause.

Do you think our society is similar to the one in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World”?

Paul Hameline: Similar isn’t the quite the right word, but there are some similarities between the 1931 novel and 2016. He was quite a visionary.

Why did you decide to create this zine in the first place?

Paul Hameline: Rave New World is some sort of paradoxical personal diary. Paradoxical because you’re supposed to write your own. Rave New World is ‘written’ by my friends, who are the reason I do what I do. They motivate me, they inspire me and they believe in me. I believe that everyone is born as a mass of clay and your friends, family and life experience moulds it. It’s a very personal project, which explains the 200 copies.

Do you have a favorite part of the zine, or a part that you're most proud of?

Paul Hameline: Rave New World is my newborn child, so I don’t have a favourite part or anything close to it. But you’ll be able to tell me which one is yours on the 22nd. 

Can you tell us about your collages?

Paul Hameline: They’re a critique of autocracies. The idea behind them is to denounce a ‘society’ crushing values and principles, a ‘society’ that represses any types of identity or emotions. It’s articulated by Freud’s Id, Ego and Superego study, which more or less says that the society we live in forces you to repress your true self. You get pointed out for being different, so you end up not standing up for what you believe in.

On the visual side, I use heavy imagery ranging from hardcore porn, to photos of football hooligans fighting outside a stadium, of World War II concentration camps, and so on. One of the reasons why these are present is to challenge and explore the darker and obsessive sides of the human condition, which are usually coming from repressed emotions.

Rave New World launches tonight at The Broken Arm, 12 rue Perrée, 75003, Paris