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The only photos you need to see from last month

American youth culture, unseen photographs taken by Andy Warhol, women rebelling against classic Chinese femininity, and Russia’s mini Berghain

THIS EXHIBITION PAYS HOMAGE TO AMERICA'S VITAL YOUTH CULTURE 

Young American is the latest show to take over New York’s Czech Centre, featuring 200 portraits of young New Yorkers. With people such as Slava Mogutin and Jazella (aka @uglyworldwide), the exhibition aims to present a snapshot of what it means to be young in America in 2018.

VIVIANE SASSEN’S LATEST SHOW IS A SURREALIST DREAM 

Installed at Hepworth Wakefield Gallery, Viviane Sassen’s latest show pays homage to Surrealism by using photography to create a space where “perception and reality can run free”. Titled Hot Mirror, Sassen’s show introduces new work alongside images from past series such as 2011’s Parasomnia, 2014’s Umbra, and last years Mud and Lotus.

DOCUMENTING THE BEAUTY OF LIFE INSIDE BANGKOK’S BIGGEST SLUM

By 2022, the Klong Toey slum, home to an estimated 100,000 people, will be entirely demolished, and those residents de-homed. Photographer Sam Gregg called Thailand home for more than three years, but for one of those, he would spend his weekends in the slum; eating, drinking, and hanging out. His series Neon Dreams is a series of portraits which pays homage to the livelihood and sense of community which he found amongst a condemned place that so many call home.

LUO YANG’S PHOTOS SHOW WOMEN REBELLING AGAINST CLASSIC CHINESE FEMININITY

Chinese photographer Luo Yang’s work aims to dismantle traditional notions of feminity through an honest and personal documentation of the women that she’s capturing. Some choose to show their tattoos, while others their shaved heads. She photographs women with their babies and other women with their lovers. An artist already championed by Ai Weiwei, Luo told us, “These images are very private photos of those girls, but it’s also a window for them to share their own small worlds. It’s intimate yet relatable.”

CAPTURING MOMENTS OF ECSTASY AT THE ‘THE WILDEST CLUB IN RUSSIA’

Клуб is often referred to as Russia’s mini Berghain and is applauded as the country’s ‘wildest’ club. After Russia’s ‘most prolific DIY club’, Rabitza, was closed by the authorities in August 2017, Клуб rose in its place. With photographs from Nick Gavrilov, the club’s founder, Sasha Tsereteli, caught up with Dazed Digital to paint a picture of Saint Petersburg’s energetic youth scene.

THESE PHOTOS REMIND US THAT THE INDIGENOUS LIVES OF STANDING ROCK MATTER

More than two years ago, protests erupted at Standing Rock – the sixth largest Native American reservation in the US – as the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline threatened its land. People from all across the world flocked to the site to stand, and fight, in solidarity with Indigenous American communities. One of them was photographer Josué Rivas, whose documentation recently won the FotoEvidence 2018 award. As well as being published in the book, Standing Strong, Rivas shared a selection of the works with Dazed Digital last month, speaking out about the importance of protecting the rights of Indigenous communities.

25 EMERGING PHOTOGRAPHERS TO PUT ON YOUR RADAR NOW

Earlier this year, Red Hook Gallery put out an open call for photographers who weren’t represented by a gallery or agency to share their work, with the promise that 25 of the most promising would receive a show at the space. Launching last month was Labs New Talent II, and while the doors have since closed on another great instalment, you can look back on a series of interviews with some of our favourites.

HARLEY WEIR AND WILSON ORYEMA’S JOINT SHOW IS TRASH, LITERALLY

Last month, rubbish_1 closed after holding court in the middle of Piccadilly Circus tube station, at resident gallery Soft Opening. A collaboration between photographer Harley Weir and poet Wilson Oryema, the show aimed to push conversations around conservation into the everyday psyche of passers-by. Lucky for you, we caught up with both artists to talk about the importance of making even the slightest change to the way you consume.

UNSEEN ANDY WARHOL PHOTOS OF JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT, GRACE JONES, AND MORE

Despite it being more than three decades on, photographs from New York’s art scene of the 1980s continue to be unearthed. Some of the latest included those taken by Andy Warhol himself, which were in possession of writer of The Andy Warhol Diaries and the artist’s close friend, Pat Hackett. The images featured all the usual suspects, such as Basquiat, Grace Jones, and Debbie Harry and tell the story of a seminal moment in cultural history.

THIS NEW PHOTO ZINE IS FULL OF BITTERSWEET NOSTALGIA FOR YOUTH

Chloe Sheppard compiled a mini-retrospective of her work from the past five zines that she had released. Describing it as a nod to the end of an era, Sheppard mused with Dazed Digital on closing a chapter in her creative life, what she’s learned from it, and what’s next.