Let me introduce you to Hector, the second periodical published by East London menswear establishment Hostem (www.hostem.co.uk). Each issue is named after a different man and given a different identity. His predecessor was the more delicate Sebastian, the two are not to be mistaken as allies.
Hector is an erudite activist concerned with politics, humanities and parity. This publication is designed to look like a radical newspaper. It bares itself with a defaced poster, a documentation of the French presidential campaign by artist Pascal Fellonneau, edged with a white tag, damaged and scrawled over.
Hector journeys to a scenic glass and wood atelier, located just outside Rome, to meet Maurizo Amadei from atelier design house ma+. Amadei and Hector converse about the connotations of Amadeis’ second skin, leather, and the current political disarray of his homeland Italy.
Linger a few pages and Dutch photographers Blommers/Schumm entertain with physiological illusions. Interact with the bold vertical lines and a youthful Aryan man elegantly gestures — behind bars. Hector diverts to Prizendorf castle, Northern Austria, to converge with artist Hermann Nitsch. Nitsch is infamous for his un—restrained performances where art and reality, pain and compassion, are interrogated through blood stained distortion. Whilst the discussion is focused on Nitsch’s
fascination with controlled violence, his gentle disposition juxtaposes with the subject at hand. Conceptual artist Koen Hauser collaborates with collage artist Ruth van Beek. The partnership results in a clandestine fashion shoot in which political imagery from a diversity of newspapers and
books is presented as a collage of men’s attire and photography.
Hector embarks on a road trip with photographer Grant Willing; they ride far west to the furthest
shores of Long Island, facing an ill-fitting pathway of conspiracy theories, murder and the occult. Befittingly the denouement is London, where Hector engages with the Chapman Brothers’ dominant critic — Julian Stallabrass. Stallabrass maintains that the Chapmans are a brand of ‘Saatchi’, whilst he
lounges against the backdrop of the stately Courtauld Institute of Art.
If murder, Saatchi and the atypical are not one’s thing, then campaigner, mother and model
Heather Mills is here to make amity. Try Hector’s guide to the remarkably private world of London’s members clubs or gaze upon a sensitive photo shoot by Edith Bergfors entitled ‘Soa’.
Hector is an ageless collectible, he is considered engaging and alluring. Get to know him.
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