Booth 40 | Transformer | LA 2022

Booth 40

harDCore: past/present/punk

Curated by Victoria Reis for Transformer

Featuring photography by Leslie Clague, Cynthia Connolly, and Farrah Skeiky 


Transformer is participating as a Special Project at the SPRING/BREAK LA Art Fair with harDCore: past/present/punk curated by Transformer’s Executive & Artistic Director, Victoria Reis. Featuring many never before printed or exhibited black & white photographs by artist Leslie Clague, co-author of Banned in DC with artist Cynthia Connolly, in tandem with works by Farrah Skeiky, this special exhibition presented as part of Transformer’s 20th anniversary celebrates the people who shaped Washington, DC’s punk scene – a vibrant, alternative community that embraces a DIY ethos – and highlights those who continue to evolve harDCore as a provocative and proactive art form and culture. 

Transformer’s presentation of harDCore: past/present/punk portrays the active participants in the Washington, DC punk scene’s early 80s founding, to its present community. Defying the hearsay of punk being a white male centered community, the three women photographers in this exhibition have been at the center of this musical scene spanning several generations. Their photography captures the energy and spirit of an evolving musical genre that is often considered heretical, belying the hearsay that punk is anything close to dead. Never before seen or exhibited photography of harDCore founders such as Minor Threat and Bad Brains will be presented in dialogue with photography of more recent bands such as Homosuperior and Priests.

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