Exhibition: 18 Oct 2019 – 19 Jan 2020
Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
1017 DS Amsterdam
Sat-Wed 10-18 . Thu, Fri 10-21
Amsterdam-based photographer Dustin Thierry (Willemstad, Curaçao, 1985) began documenting the Dutch ballroom scene in 2013. This underground phenomenon originated in 19th-century America, where LGBTQ people gathered for drag masquerade balls where they could freely express themselves. A contemporary manifestation of the ballroom scene is rapidly expanding on a global scale, with its epicentres in New York and Paris. Following his ongoing series on ballrooms in the Netherlands, Thierry travelled to Paris, New York, London and Berlin to document the respective local scenes. His work testifies to a vibrant and timely revival of a centuries-old phenomenon, but also points to persistent discrimination and marginalisation of black and queer communities worldwide.