Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan is best known for his subversive, hyper-realistic sculptures—including depictions of Pope John Paul II being hit by a meteorite, a child-size Hitler kneeling in prayer and a suicidal squirrel. For W’s Art Issue, he conceived a politically and religiously charged portfolio featuring supermodel Linda Evangelista. “She’s a still actress,” says Cattelan of Evangelista. “At the end, she was so tuned-in that all she needed were a couple of words and she knew what we wanted.” CLICK HERE to watch a behind-the-scenes video narrated by Dennis Freedman.
Hair by Jimmy Paul/Bumble and bumble; makeup by Stéphane Marais/L’Atelier NYC; manicure by Rica Romain/Lippmann Collection. Model: Linda Evangelista/DNA. Set design by Gideon Ponte/The Magnet Agency; production by Viewfinders. Extras cast by Jennifer Venditti/JV8 Inc. Digital technicians: Alan Balian and Matthew Moss/Boxwork; color and image development by Box. Photography assistants: Jacopo Lorenzo Emiliani and Alberto Zanetti. Fashion assistants: Patrick Mackie, Jorden Bickham, Zerina Akers, Garrett Munce and William Kahn.
Special thanks to Scheimpflüg.