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Creator

Jenna Cook

Date Created

2019

Description

Inkjet prints on fine art paper

Type of Work

Photography

Series

Rave Portraits

Artist Statement

The term “rave” originated in Britain in the 1950s to describe a “wild bohemian party” which evolved in the 1980s in Manchester into rave culture and EDM (Electronic Dance Music) as we know it today. Raves were a safe place for people to escape from their everyday realities without discrimination towards race, sexual orientation, gender, or class. Today the international popularity of these events along with the celebrity status of DJs continue to create a ritualistic experience through music and dance to draw a broader audience from all walks of life.

My particular interest in this subculture comes from an outsider’s perspective working as a photographer who engages with and documents raves. These portraits are expressions of the energy that transpires when large groups of people come together in one place. This creates a unique community where complete strangers experience repetitive dance movements syncing with pulsating music and a genuine enthusiasm for this trans-like environment.

Rights

Jenna Cook

Citation

Jenna Cook , “[Untitled],” S'eliyemetaxwtexw Art Gallery, accessed August 21, 2019, http://sag-ufv.ca/items/show/869.