Club Liberty is celebrating the transient identities of youth, afforded by a choice of music. Music and the experience of belonging is a deeply personal experience and this documentary project is capturing youth culture in a chosen enviroment.
Club Liberty celebrates the changing face of youth culture through choices of music and the places it can be heard in. Music and the sense of belonging is a deeply personal experience and this documentary project captures images of young people in their chosen environment.
The project originated in London where Smart is continuing to cover the diversity of sub-cultures specific to dance music in nightclubs. The photographs on display were specially commissioned by The New Art Gallery Walsall and are only a fraction of the photographs the artist took last spring at the WS1 nightclub in the centre of Walsall.
Clare and her assistant spent two nights photographing more than 85 young people just before they hit the dance floor. You can also see one of Clare’s photographs from her Club Liberty 09 series on the third floor of the gallery as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2009, on tour from the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Image credit: Image courtesy of Clare Smart.