The arts & culture podcast
CHANEL Connects, the arts & culture podcast, returns for Season 2, bringing together the most creative and innovative talent from film, art, dance, music and beyond to explore fresh ideas.
Some are old friends, others are meeting for the first time, but all are pioneering game changers across their industries.
Inspired by the heritage of the House to play a role in “what happens next”, and brought together by CHANEL Arts & Culture, CHANEL Connects Season 2 includes eight multi-chaptered episodes with legendary figures such as Maisie Williams, Grimes, Kehinde Wiley, Lil Buck, Honey Dijon, Anicka Yi, G-Dragon and Misan Harriman as they explore new points of view, rethink the future, and reimagine what’s coming next for a new generation.
PodcastLil Buck & David Hallberg
Dancer David Hallberg was once described by the New Yorker as the most exciting male dancer in the Western world and worked his way up through the American ballet theatre to become the first American principal dancer at the Bolshoi ballet in Moscow. David connects with dancer and actor Lil Buck. Buck specializes in an altogether different kind of dance, Jookin, which originates in Buck’s hometown of Memphis. In this episode, moderated by Yana Peel, Global Head of Arts & Culture at CHANEL, they explore transforming dance, who inspired them both to pursue careers in dancing, what makes Jookin so innovative and unique, and find out if anyone can learn how to dance.
PodcastEmerald Fennell & Gillian Flynn
Filmmaker, writer, and actor Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman, Killing Eve) connects with novelist Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Sharp Objects) to ask: Why do women have to be good? And what happens when they aren’t? In this episode, moderated by Diane Solway, Head of Arts and Culture Programmes at Chanel, they talk about the comedy in tragedy, new kinds of -anti-heroines, the female characters they long to write, and how they “keep the crazy” of their work from colouring their own lives.
PodcastKennedy Yanko & Honey Dijon
Artist Kennedy Yanko makes visceral, abstract sculptures from paint skins and scrap metal. In 2021, she was an artist in residence at the Rubell Museum in Miami, where she presented , White Passing, a reference to her biracial heritage. Kennedy connects with DJ and producer, Honey Dijon known for her high energy sets, fusing classic disco with techno and house. In this episode, moderated by Diane Solway, Head of Arts & Culture Programmes at CHANEL, they recall the unlikely paths to their creative careers, full-body perception, and the craziest nights they’ve ever had.
PodcastMaisie Williams & Grimes
Actor Maisie Williams is best known for her portrayal of Arya Stark in the television series Game of Thrones, which earned her two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Maisie connects with the category-defying musician Grimes whose daring work blends pop, electronica, and the avant-garde. She describes her latest album, Book 1, as her “greatest work” to date. Both have a keen interest in technology and the way it can be harnessed to support the arts. In this episode, Yana Peel, Global Head of Arts and Culture at CHANEL, moderates a conversation between both as they discuss the metaverse, and whether the future of performance is virtual.
PodcastG-Dragon, Hong Kyung-Pyo & Soo Joo Park
How has Korean culture become a global phenomenon? Musician G-Dragon, known as the “King of K-pop” and an artist across multiple mediums, connects with renowned cinematographer Hong Kyung-pyo, whose vision and dynamic camerawork have animated films from Snowpiercer to Parasite. Together, they explore their inspirations, creative processes, and the growing impact of Korean culture. This conversation is moderated by musician, model and House ambassador Soo Joo Park.
PodcastAnicka Yi & John Akomfrah
Artist Anicka Yi expands the boundaries of art with work that explores biology, technology, and the merging of the two. Anicka connects with pioneering artist and filmmaker John Akomfrah whose latest film was described by critics as “the most haunting, wrenching new work of art I’ve seen so far this decade…”. In this episode, Diane Solway, Head of Arts &Culture Programmes at CHANEL, moderates a conversation between both artists as they explore if we are more than human, how artists can contribute to important societal issues, the meaning behind John’s film Five Murmurations, major disasters when preparing exhibitions, and what TV shows they binged watched during the pandemic.
PodcastAudrey Diwan & Maïmouna Doucouré
Filmmakers Maimouna Doucouré, recipient of an Academy Gold Fellowship for Women for her film ”Cuties”, and Audrey Diwan, awarded the Golden Lion in Venice in 2021 for her film ”Happening” and director of this years’ Cannes Film Festival’s buzziest film “Emmanuelle” featuring Palme d’Or winning actress Léa Seydoux , meet for the first time on this special episode of CHANEL Connects to talk about the importance of collaboration in the creative process, their experiences with emerging film talents and the political dimension to their work.
PodcastKehinde Wiley & Misan Harriman
Artist Kehinde Wiley’s portraits have been compared to a long line of past masters including Reynolds, Gainsborough and Titian. In 2017, he became the first Black artist to paint an official portrait of a President of the United States when he was commissioned to paint Barack Obama. Kehinde connects with the photographer and activist Misan Harriman, whose photographs of the Black Lives Matter movement are some of the most iconic and shared images of the digital age. In this episode, Yana Peel, Global Head of Arts & Culture at CHANEL, moderates a conversation between both as they discuss everything from painting presidents to photographing royals, myth making and the people who have transformed their lives and careers.