Imagista presents Min Liu by Niclas Gillis
04 Feb. 2017
Shot and Edited by Niclas Gillis
by Across The Alley and The Collectif
Design by Aleksander Karshikoff
"Eco" by Robot Love (Uno Datwangi Remix)
and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, Niclas Gillis first directed web commercials
for various Swedish companies and worked as a trailer producer for European
television at The Modern Times Group in the UK.
moving to New York in 2009, Gillis has worked as a short-format filmmaker in
both artistic and commercial endeavors, and as an actor in both Swedish and
American feature films. He is a story analyst for Universal Pictures
International, and a contributing writer for The Last Magazine.
- Michael Williams
it comes to art and fashion, the two are one in the same. For designer Min Liu
fashion plays a big role in the world "In art and design the highest
purpose is to serve people and inspire people and ultimately bring something positive
to the world". Niclas Gillis, a talented filmmaker combined forces with
the designer to create a video that is visually stimulating and spiritually
satisfying. Although Min Liu believes "that the focus should always be on
the product andthe design not on the designer", we at Imagista had the
pleasure of getting to know her and her designssimultaneously.
How did this project come about?
Gillis: I've been friends with Min's husband Ian Hylton for a long time and
actually made a video of him for Imagista a while back, so that is how we met.
I've been working on a narrative filmabout a day in the life of a young woman
in the Bronx for the past three years and when a week finally opened up in the
schedule I called Ian and said, "didn't we talk about making a video of
Min?" He told me that they were doing a store opening in Shanghai on
Tuesday and told me to come by. So the very next day I was at the Chinese
embassy in Stockholm trying to convince them to process an express visa, and
off we went.
Can you tell us a little about your relationship with Min?
Min is a real artist. She answers to something other, much like a funnel of
some divine inspiration. You can't quite grasp her, instead you just try to
take her in much like you would a scent or a piece of music.
What was the inspiration for this video?
I wanted to preserve her integrity. I didn't want it to be a journalistic
piece. She's a force of nature, so the video had to be like capturing the wind
in the leaves, or holding a butterfly in your hands. It was to be a fleeting
glimpse into a beautiful mind.
Why is this film important to you as a filmmaker?
Every piece represents another attempt at breaking through to something, to
shatter the image and getting at something truer, something that is not in the
image itself, but that emerges in the relationship between the elements. I
haven't done it yet; somehow everything still is what it is. But when they no
longer are, when the image disintegrates and something else emerges which you
can not quite perceive but which finds its way in under your skin, then perhaps
I can finally call myself a filmmaker.