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MICHAELA COEL COLLABORATES WITH ARTIST LIZ JOHNSON ARTUR FOR GARAGE MAGAZINE COVER
The creator and star of the critically-acclaimed TV series, I May Destroy You, joins forces with the artist in an exploration of self-portrayal, and speaks with writer Durga Chew-Bose about memory, storytelling, and depicting misfits.
Available Worldwide on October 23, 2020
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(NEW YORK, NYSEPTEMBER 10, 2020) — Today, GARAGE Magazine reveals the first of two covers for its nineteenth issue, featuring Michaela Coel photographed by Liz Johnson Artur. “Liz Johnson Artur takes the kind of portraits that hook you in and won’t let go, that make you fall madly in love,” explain the GARAGE editors. “Through her eyes, we get to the very heart of what it means to be a person. Her work is raw and honest. The same could be said for Michaela Coel, the brilliant writer, director, and actress, who in her work, manages to reflect the world around her back to us with unflinching truthfulness. With I May Destroy You, she has redefined what storytelling can be and in the process left us with indelible images that won’t soon leave our spirit. This cover—which brings two women of Ghanaian background together on the same London streets they wander in their work—not only delivers, but expands on what both fine art and popular culture can and should include."

The portfolio is accompanied by an intimate Zoom-email conversation between Coel and writer Durga Chew-Bose, in which they discuss memory, friendships, and the world of Arabella, who Coel portrays in I Will Destroy You. “For all its visual candor, I May Destroy You is also about absence—it holds space for the unseen, the unsaid, and what we’ll never know,” says Chew-Bose. “Arabella’s world is a rhapsody of self-invention, bringing to mind the heat of Mary Gaitskill heroines, but layered with slapstick exploits, whodunit plotlines, and excessive screen time.”

GARAGE’s latest issue continues its tradition of pairing the boldest names in contemporary culture, resulting in unique collaborations between artists, photographers, actors, models, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers. Coel and Johnson Artur join the magazine’s lineage of inventive cover cover collaborations, including Zendaya by artist Simone Leigh; Billie Eilish by artist Takashi Murakami; Rihanna by artist Deana Lawson; Amy Adams as Andy Warhol; Beyoncé by artist Urs Fischer; and Kendall Jenner by artist Maurizio Cattelan, among others.
Above: MICHAEL COEL by LIZ JOHNSON ARTUR for the cover of GARAGE MAGAZINE Issue 19. Fashion Editors: GABRIELLE KAREFA-JOHNSON and MISCHA NOTCUTT.
Above: MICHAEL COEL by LIZ JOHNSON ARTUR for the cover of GARAGE MAGAZINE Issue 19. Fashion Editors: GABRIELLE KAREFA-JOHNSON and MISCHA NOTCUTT.
Above: MICHAEL COEL by LIZ JOHNSON ARTUR for the cover of GARAGE MAGAZINE Issue 19. Fashion Editors: GABRIELLE KAREFA-JOHNSON and MISCHA NOTCUTT.
Above: MICHAEL COEL by LIZ JOHNSON ARTUR for the cover of GARAGE MAGAZINE Issue 19. Fashion Editors: GABRIELLE KAREFA-JOHNSON and MISCHA NOTCUTT.
Above: MICHAEL COEL by LIZ JOHNSON ARTUR for the cover of GARAGE MAGAZINE Issue 19. Fashion Editors: GABRIELLE KAREFA-JOHNSON and MISCHA NOTCUTT.
Above: MICHAEL COEL by LIZ JOHNSON ARTUR for the cover of GARAGE MAGAZINE Issue 19. Fashion Editors: GABRIELLE KAREFA-JOHNSON and MISCHA NOTCUTT.
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ABOUT GARAGE MAGAZINE 
GARAGE is a global leader in contemporary art, fashion, and luxury, committed to bringing to life the most original and ambitious collaborative projects in those fields. GARAGE publishes biannual print editions, and, since its digital relaunch in October 2017, cutting-edge daily content online under the aegis of VICE Media Group. The magazine was launched in 2011 by Dasha Zhukova, taking its name and spirit from Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, the major international art institution founded in 2008. Since its inception, GARAGE has worked with many of the world's most celebrated creators and initiated an array of global artistic dialogues. Among the contributors to have created exclusive content for the magazine are Jeff Koons, Cindy Sherman, Damien Hirst, Richard Prince, John Baldessari, Urs Fischer, Aya Takano, Mark Grotjahn, Deana Lawson, and Takashi Murakami.

ABOUT VICE MEDIA GROUP
VICE Media Group is the world’s largest independent youth media company.  Launched in 1994, VICE has offices in 35 cities across the globe with a focus on five key businesses: VICE.com, an award-winning international network of digital content; VICE STUDIOS, a feature film and television production studio; VICE TV, an Emmy-winning international television network; a Peabody award-winning NEWS division with the most Emmy-awarded nightly news broadcast; and VIRTUE, a global, full-service creative agency with 25 offices around the world.  VICE Media Group’s portfolio includes Refinery29, the leading global media and entertainment company focused on women;  PULSE Films, a London-based next-generation production studio with outposts in Los Angeles, New York, Paris and Berlin; i-D, a global digital and bimonthly magazine defining fashion and contemporary culture; and Garage, a digital platform and biannual publication converging the worlds of art and design.


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