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A selection of over sixty collage works by Hedi El KholtiSemiotext(e) and Animal Shelter co-editor and designer—are collected in A PLACE IN THE SUN, a Hesse Press publication.

“My collages always start with a vague notion, or a sentence, or they’re meant to be a visual portrait with vague associations of someone who’s close to me and their infinite numbers of mirrors in pop culture. As if, like me, they’re all comprised of the sum of their influences, whether they know it or not.” — Hedi El Kholti, “Pop Culture (Heroes and Villians),” PARIS LA 5 (Winter 2010/2011)

HEDI EL KHOLTI—A PLACE IN THE SUN (Los Angeles: Hesse Press, 2017).

From top: Hedi El Kholti, collage from A Place in the Sun, originally published in PARIS LA 5; cover PARIS LA 5; pages 10–11 from “Pop Culture (Heroes and Villains),” text and collages by Hedi El Kholti, PARIS LA 5; A Place in the Sun cover; collage from A Place in the Sun. Images courtesy and © Hedi El Kholti and Hesse Press.


“I was once a professor at the College of Applied Art in Vienna. In the short period in which I lectured, I realized that I had absolutely no educational fiber whatsoever, that I wasn’t interested in my students. Without being egotistical, what I do is make things. Explaining it to others is not my thing at all. I’m a battlefield person. And generals don’t necessarily make a good minister of war.” — Karl Lagerfeld

“It is with deep sadness that the House of Chanel announces the passing of Karl Lagerfeld, the Creative Director for the Chanel Fashion House since 1983. Virginie Viard, director of Chanel’s fashion creation studio and Lagerfeld’s closest collaborator for more than thirty years, has been entrusted by Alain Wertheimer with the creative work for the collections, so that the legacy of Gabrielle Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld can live on.” — Chanel, February 19, 2019

“I love frivolousness. I know a lot of people who would have disappeared long ago had they not been frivolous… I hate it when the gentlemen with their taffeta and scissors take themselves too seriously. I love everything that is transcient. You should never anchor yourself in an epoch. The tale of Romeo and Juliet lasted only one night, and now it’s the symbol of eternal love.” — Karl Lagerfeld

The fashion designer, creative director, photographer, artist, publisher, bibliophile, actor, author, costumer, and aphorist was a cherished contributor to PARIS LA, supporting Chanel’s campaign collaborations over the last ten years, and creating a poster for Issue 5.

“I have no conception of my valuable time. For me, wasting time is the ultimate luxury. For example, if I’m lying on the couch and reading an interesting book when I should be doing something else, maybe that’s wasting time. But the stimulation of a guilty conscience is extremely creative. It’s the spice of life.” — Karl Lagerfeld

Lagerfeld quotes from Deutsch Vogue Dialogues, “Camouflage, Camouflage: Voyeur Karl Lagerfeld in conversation with his friend Gabriele Henkel, an expert on the stage management of life” (originally published in Deutsch Vogue in 1992), edited by Condé Nast Germany (Munich: Prestel Verlag, 2004), 110–114.

From top: Karl Lagerfeld in Paris, Grand Palais, July 2018; young Lagerfeld in Paris; Lagerfeld with Donna Jordan (left) and Jane Forth in L’Amour (1973), directed by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey; Lagerfeld in the 1970s; Lagerfeld with Jacques de Bascher, 1970s, photograph © Philippe Heurtault; Yves Saint Laurent and Lagerfeld at the Palace, 1970s; Karl Lagerfeld, photograph from Metamorphoses of an American (Göttingen: Steidl, 2008), his tribute to model Brad Kroenig; Karl Lagerfeld, posters (front and verso) for PARIS LA 5 (Winter 2010–2011); Lagerfeld with Paloma Picasso at Studio 54, photograph by Richard P. Manning.



This weekend Cinefamily in Los Angeles is screening the films of The Unarius Academy of Science. The 3-day event is co-presented by Jodi Wille, director of The Source Family documentary, and co-founder of Process Media, the independent publishing house featured in issue no.5 of Paris-LA Magazine, along with Feral House. This is an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not only to see these amazing films and videos, but to interact with members of the Unarius Brotherhood, and see a special exhibition of books, photographs, and ephemera on view behind the theater!

I first found out about Unarius when I stumbled upon their amazing book, A Pictorial Tour of Unarius. The cover features their leader, Uriel, a white haired grandma figure dressed up in an incredibly elaborate, colorful shimmering dress with planets and the fiery sun adorned to it. She was a clairvoyant who believed in past lives, aliens and UFOs. She started The Unarius Academy of Science with her husband in the late 1970s. She passed away in 1993, but the brotherhood continues on, just outside of San Diego, California.


The members of the Unarius Brotherhood were insanely creative, and for decades they have hosted a cable access television program like no other, featuring their psychedelic process-oriented psychodramas. The handmade costumes are colorful and elaborate, and the sets are made out of plastic and glass objects, fake flowers, Christmas lights, toys, etc. The stories are unscripted and are created as the actors and filmmakers go along. Themes of lost civilizations, interplanetary travel, aliens, and reincarnation are common. These films are a must see!

Unarius film stills

Unarius film stills

Last night before the opening event, The Space Cad rolled up in front of the theater. A sight to behold!

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Jodi Wille and Cinefamily Head Programer Hadrian Belove introduced the opening event last night, dressed in original Unarius costumes. They did a Q+A with members of the Unarius Brotherhood, some of whom were involved in the filmmaking process. 

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Jodi Wille introduction

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four members of the Unarius Brotherhood, Jodi Wille, and Hadrian Belove

After the screening and Q+A, Cinefamily served up UFO cookies and the Unarius exhibition was on view outside behind the theater.

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