VT 11: New Faces 2/5 Mateo Videla by David Macke

As part of our archives from the Fall/Winter 17 edition, we share the unpublished interview in which we had the chance to talk with VT contributor photographer David Macke (IG. @davidmodel_  | Site. Davidmodel.com ) and model Mateo Videla (IG. @mateovidela) at New York Model Management.  Along with photography as one of David’s passions, theatrical direction and making a positive impact on LGBTIQQA issues is other of David’s joys. Mateo told us how was he discovered, why he changed his look and his experience on the runway.  Read the full interview bellow.

Exclusive by Vanity Teen! 

Mateo Videla 

How were you discovered?

I was discovered at a nightclub.

What would you be doing if you weren’t modeling?

That’s a good question, I think I would be studying political science.  I don’t know, I just like politics.

You have modeled for some South American brands, how would you describe the style and current status of the South American fashion industry?

I like South American style.  I think the status is a little underrated.  Maybe the fashion industry should pay more attention to that region, because there are great designers there.

You recently changed your look, what draw you to do it?

I wanted to change my look, and make it stronger rather than cute.

From Argentina to Milan and then New York, in a blink of an eye you were walking for Neil Barrett, Ferragamo, Dsquared2, Ovadia & Sons, Carlos Campos, Patrik Ervell, Theory (should I go on?) Being your first season (SS 18), how would you describe the experience?

I would say it was a mind-blowing experience, I’ve never expected this for my life, I’m just trying to enjoy every moment.

What were the main challenges you faced abroad away from home?

I don’t know if I had great challenges while I was abroad, but it’s been quite a big ride living in New York and Paris.  Always blessed to know new people.

Do you consider that male beauty stereotypes are changing?

I think the male fashion industry is changing now.  Nowadays big brands are not using big muscled guys, they are starting to use more exotic faces with a different kind of beauty.

How would you describe your style?

My style is simple, I like to wear comfortable clothes, but always looking good.

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion is a way for people to be able to express.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Stay focused, and be you.

What’s the best thing about being young today?

Everything.

How has the internet changed the modeling industry for models?

I’m 21 years old, I don’t know the fashion industry without internet, but I think it’s a tool for models to get more exposure.

Any special words about your shoot for Vanity Teen?

The shoot was really cool, I like the mix of art and nature, I am a nature lover.

The last song you played on your mp3?

Charly García ––Nos Siguen Pegando Abajo.

David Macke 

Artistic Director, photographer, playwright, and curator. Could you please tell us about your different professions?

They are all about theatre, the visual manifestation of ideas.  I see making theatre as bringing people together, creating energy, … it’s alchemical. 

You are the Founding Artistic Director of the Queer Theater Company {Your Name Here}, whose productions are intended to generate awareness, empowerment and positive impact within the LGBTIQQA community. Could you please tell us more about it? 

I spent my life running around and away from who I am, and one day I decided to run directly into it, and YOUR NAME HERE came to be.  For me, it is always about serving and strengthening courage in our communities, with heart.  Saying who you are is ok.  You don’t need to be tolerated. You can dream bigger.  You are loved for who you are.  For me, it’s gay all the time, all the way.  I see it as life and death.  It is being you.  

What does fashion mean to you?

Fashion to me is fantasy.  It’s aspirational, raw, and naturally poetic in its beauty.  For me, it’s all about Brooke Shields in the 80s. 

How would you describe today’s generation, its obstacles, and advantages?

Today’s generation has the advantage of having everything at their fingertips literally and their obstacle is the separation of their humanity by the technology used to communicate with one another.  It’s spiritual.  We are all part of that.  The youth today are looking for a connection, to be seen, felt, and heard in the now of now. 

How has the internet changed the fashion industry for photographers?

I don’t know.  I believe in the image, and people like Alessia Glaviano at Italian Vogue and Mickey Boardman at Paper, who both spread beautiful and sublime works of photography in print and on the internet consistently.  They are innovators and classicists.  They take risks with photographers and with images. They champion them. 

What makes a fashion photograph stand out?

Magic.

When you run an editorial shoot, how do you choose the theme or how do you give it the direction you want?

I look for inspiration. Your shoot was based on a single image and the direction was instinct, to follow the river, and “The Heart of Darkness”.  The image itself was part of me since I first encountered Hollywood when I lived there in the mid-nineties, and it came to me when I started working with you. 

Of all the works you have developed along your various artistic trajectories, which one has been the most significant and why?

I was recently in a group show DIVIDED STATES OF AMERICA, curated by Alison M. Gingeras, Robb Leigh Davis and Stuart Comer with a photographic piece I believed in, “Le Passage, (In Hitler’s bathtub, hotel Monopol, Poland)”.  I was surrounded by artists I look up to and whose work I respect, and best of all it happened at the LGBT Center in New York City.  It’s significant to me when it’s about standing up to hate.  David and Goliath. 

Buttermilk Falls

How would you define the male aesthetic/beauty?

I’m a purist.  Male beauty and aesthetic to me goes all the way back to the beginning in Ancient Greece.  It’s a high high art and requires sacrifice. 

What kind of photographic equipment do you enjoy the most when working?

The most basic, but also the most innovative and creatively expansive.  I like Canon and if my resources were unlimited I would use Hassleblad.  I like a lot of megapixels and a lot of power with a simple operating mechanism.  For me, it’s about potentially.  I like to make the shot when I take it.  I also like to make medium format film photos. 

Are there any artists you look up to?

Yes, of course, many!  My best friends Jack Pierson and Peter McGough (McDermott and McGough) are hands down the artists I look up to the most.  They both stand up in the work, make it beautiful and uncompromising every time.  I love the work of Ryan McGinley.  Other artists whose work I look at over and over are Peter Hujar, David Armstrong, Robert Mapplethorpe, George Platt Lynes, Bob Mizer, Wilhelm von Gloedan, Tom of Finland, Cindy Sherman (she’s not afraid of the dark), and the legends, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, and Andy Warhol.  I like Andy’s story, his mythology.  Gertrude Stein.  Susan Sontag.  Madonna.  Courtney Love.  Hilton Als’s book “White Girls” is a great artistic achievement, and hit me on a cellular level.  My favorite theater artist is Elizabeth LeCompte, director of the Wooster Group.  The bravery of actor and director Kate Valk, also of the Wooster Group is expansive and inspires me continually.  My current favorite film director is Paolo Sorrentino, his energies and passions are visionary.  David Lynch is my archetype.  My favorite artist of all time is Lucille Ball.  The clown always wins.

Any project you are currently working on?

I am working on the edit of a film I directed, “Big Al”, and also a puppet play that takes place on a deserted island in space.

If you could bring five models for a VT shoot, who would they be and why? 

That’s a great question.  Are you going to make it happen for me?  1.  Lucky Blue -because he’s transformationally sexy.  2.  Jordan Kale Barrett – because he reminds me of River Phoenix, who is my favorite movie star of all time.  3.  Kit Butler – because he is Kit Butler.  Justin Bieber counts for two – because he is my dream celebrity shoot.  I’d have them in a small town high school gym, dark and moody, with Lucky, Kit and Justin in a three-way boxing match. There would be a massive collage of Kurt Cobain inspired photos on the walls.  Kurt is omnipresent.  Justin wins in the end though a knock-out, “inside the distance”.  His prize is Jordan who is painted as a trophy, …golden and mythical, shimmering and stark.  It smells like teen spirit.  Pathos, blood, and theater..

 

 David Macke || Davidmodel.com || Instagram: @davidmodel_

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