THE "SEE KNOW EVIL" DOCUMENTARY FILM first IN UKRAINE
On May 18 for the first time, within the Fashion Film Festival Kyiv, we will show a full-length documentary “See Know Evil”.
This is the first documentary to describe the art and life of Davide Sorrenti, an icon of 90's fashion, photography and youth culture. His prodigious photos influencing the rise of "heroin chic", and the media controversy surrounding his death at the age of 21. The film is an oral biography told by those who knew Davide best, featuring Davide’s archive for the first time.
The film was produced by Made To Measure (USA) and directed by Charlie Curran.
On the eve of the premiere of the film in Ukraine, we prepared for you 10 facts about Davide Sorrenti:
- Davide Sorrenti is the son of renowned fashion photographer Francesca Sorrenti, and younger brother to Vanina and Mario Sorrenti, he was born into a family of gifted artists known as the "Coreleones of Fashion Photography."
- Born in Naples in 1976, Davide and his family moved to New York in the early 80s. Diagnosed with a Cooley’s Anemia: a rare blood disorder, and determined to leave his mark, Davide spent his youth pushing the limits of experience with raw urgency.
- Studying at a high school, David and his close friends - artists and skateboarders - united in a group called See Know Evil. Together they painted graffiti throughout the city. David always had a small camera with him and fixed every move of his team.
- Davide never studied photography. He just photographed everything he saw - street youth, family and friends, the models that he saw on his brother Mario's fashion-shootings. Therefore, in his pictures, the models look very frankly, with striped hair and faces without make-up.
- David shot very quickly - his fashion-shooting never lasted longer than 4 hours. He never thought about the model clothing because he believed that clothes only allowed to print 12 photographs in a fashion magazine. For him, clothes were only a "vessel" for creativity.
- At the beginning of the 1990s, the teenager has already gained a reputation of one of the most interesting photographers in the industry. Having spent his youth hunting for bright young people and secretly getting to the photo shootings of other members of his family, he made foolish, intimate portraits of the most popular models of the world: Milla Jovovich, Kate Moss, Jamie King.
- David died in 1997 at the age of 20. It is believed that the cause of his death was drugs, but in fact, he died because of a disease that required constant hospitalization. Drugs have never been the driving force behind his work. He drew inspiration from the streets of the wild and gloomy New York, from freedom, from youth.
- Shortly after the photographer's death, on May 20, 1997, The New York Times published an article on the first cover, entitled "Heroin Look", in which he published his work for the March issue. David became "face of heroin chic" in the press. And his death was a blast that swept around the world of fashion and photography, forcing US President Bill Clinton to decry the glorification of "heroin chic" with the words: " It is ugly. And this is not about art. It's about life and death.."
- The label of "heroin chic" and erroneous media reports claiming that David died of a heroin overdose, forced the family of Davide to close the access to unpublished works of the artist for 20 years.
“See Know Evil” is the first time Davide Sorrenti’s story has been allowed to be told by the Sorrenti family, all access to his work having been cut off twenty years ago.
To learn more about life and work of Davide Sorrenti visit the show of the documentary "See Know Evil" by registering at fffkyiv.com.
Detour Magazine, September 1996
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