These images were taken during 1996 and 1997 in the dance clubs The Buzzclub in Liverpool and Mystreryworld in Zaandam, Holland, by the Dutch photographic artist Rineke Dijkstra. The artist made a series of video portraits of the young people who regularly frequent these places of entertainment and contact, inviting them to pose for her camera in an improvised studio inside the club itself, against a neutral background. “I am always looking for authenticity in people, their individuality and how they distinguish from others, but also, what connects them and how people relate to each other”, explained the artist in a recent interview.

Gold does not take on any dirt. And gold, just are diamonds, is an exalted material. It possesses such a degree of abstraction that it encounters you –if you use it artistically– on an already exalted level.
James Lee Byars