SSENSE X JULIAN KLINCEWICZ

  • Katrina Lainsbury

Julian Klincewicz started out with a Motorola flip phone, shooting 15-second videos of his friends skating in San Diego. His switch to VHS was serendipitous: an aunt gifted him an old video camera she found while cleaning out his grandmother’s attic. Today, at 21 years old, Klincewicz has made a name for himself through his intimate and emotive style of lo-fi video. Gosha Rubchinskiy enlisted him to shoot his crew of Moscow skaters, and Kanye West gave him the mammoth assignment of documenting the YEEZY Season 3 presentation at Madison Square Garden. But the humble and grounded Klincewicz is acting out his aspiration to make art about “being human” in multiple media—almost all of them. He recently launched “Hey, I like you,” his first fashion collection, which joins photography zines, music, modeling, and his first solo art exhibition, always with more in the works. Klincewicz gets it all done by setting goals for himself to achieve on his birthday every year. So far, he’s succeeding. We asked Julian to tell us more about his thought process in a video self-portrait shot in Super 8. https://www.ssense.com/en-ca/editorial/art/being-human-with-julian-klincewicz