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On the occasion of Milan Men’s Fashion Week in June 2019, Gucci and KALEIDOSCOPE present a special project at Artifact, the newly opened storefront space of Spazio Maiocchi.

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On the occasion of Milan Men’s Fashion Week in June 2019, Gucci and KALEIDOSCOPE presented a special project at Artifact, the newly opened storefront space of Spazio Maiocchi.

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To celebrate the release of YUNG PALM, a special supplement to KALEIDOSCOPE’s issue 34 (spring/summer 2019) created by Harmony Korine in partnership with Gucci, art director Nayib Estefan, Korine’s close friend and founder of the Secret Celluloid Society, has been invited to transform the Artifact space into an immersive pop-up environment.

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A vintage arcade-meet-videostore recreating the unique atmosphere of the Nite Owl Theater, Estefan’s eccentric moviegoing destination in Miami Design District, the installation mixed high and low, nostalgia and futurism, celebrating the escapist cinema from the late ‘80s that provided a formative influence to Korine.

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During the opening night, Harmony Korine signed copies of YUNG PALM and presented a new billboard commission in the courtyard of Spazio Maiocchi, which provided a unique setting for two special live performances by Los Angeles-born, Vienna-based DJ and musician Sofie Fatouretchi and Milan-based experimental jazz ensemble 72-Hour Post Fight.

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Set in a Miami of oversaturated colors, radioactive sunsets, run-down motels, cigarette boats, trailer parks and sketchy marinas, YUNG PALM dropped alongside the release of Korine’s newest joint, The Beach Bum—the second of an announced trilogy set in Miami after Spring Breakers (2012). Furthering his fascination with South Florida’s “psycho-geography” and lysergic under-belly, the supplement celebrated the off-beat lifestyle and freedom from societal norms that have always been at the core of Korine’s unaligned art.

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The unveiling of the installation followed a conversation with Korine taking place at Gucci Hub, drawing a close to a cinematic exhibit presented in media partnership with KALEIDOSCOPE, featuring his own masterpieces—including Gummo, Julien: Donkey Boy, Mister Lonely and Trash Humpers—alongside movies that shaped his filmmaking practice.

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Installation views by T-space Studio.
Photography by Alessio Costantino.
YUNG PALM, published by KALEIDOSCOPE and Gucci.

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