Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, and Peter Fonda are sat around a camp fire, the former two talking about freedom. “But talkin’ about [freedom] and bein’ it, that’s two different things,” explains Nicholson to Hopper. “I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace.” This scene of course plays out in Easy Rider (1969) and decades later freedom is no less contentious. The twelfth edition of Antidote takes up the issue of freedom in its myriad forms, which it tackles over the course of four covers including one in particular that features none other than Grace Hartzel photographed by Ren Hang. The Beijing-born artist has gained notoriety photographing his friends in the nude outdoors in obvious contravention of laws of the People’s Republic. Grace for her part is not nude on this cover, but in fact is pictured wearing a jacket by Max Mara. Although high gloss red nail polish makes the placement of Grace’s thumbs near her exposed chest rather suggestive, the cover ought to avoid prosecution from authorities here or there. Whether it’s bought or sold in the marketplace, however this “Freedom” issue of Antidote will cost readers 15€ ($16.92). Freedom ain’t not free.

Please visit magazineantidote.com to see more on this issue.

Credits include: Publication, Antidote Winter 2016-2017; Photography, Ren Hang; Styling, Yann Weber; Hair, Gilles De Givry; Makeup, Satoko Watanabe; Casting, Beth Dubin.

Grace Hartzel | Antidote Winter 2016-2017 (Photography: Ren Hang)

Grace Hartzel | Antidote Winter 2016-2017 (Photography: Ren Hang)