The dancers captured in Rineke Dijkstra’s multi--channel video installation “The Krazyhouse” are posers, in every sense of the word.
The Dutch photographer’s 2009 work takes its name from the Liverpool nightclub where she filmed five young people dancing, and sometimes singing, along to their favorite club hits. The piece highlights a sense of self--consciousness that is both brazenly theatrical and more than slightly awkward. Identified only as Megan, Simon, Nikky, Philip and Dee, the five subjects reek of teen spirit ---- a stance, as much as a scent, that’s halfway between fear and fearlessness.
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