24 HOUR PARTY PEOPLE, SEOUL.


Having stepped into an indie house club Pistil in Itaewon district of Seoul for the first time I had a feeling of it being different from all the places I've been before. Just like in the 80s Manchester (aka Madchester), Seoul in 2018 felt like a place where big changes were waiting to happen, both culturally and socially. In this photo series, from the point of view of an outsider, I tried to capture this feeling of change in the context of Korean clubbing culture. Photos were taken throughout the period between June and December 2018 (12am-7am) in Gangnam, Itaewon and Hongdae districts of Seoul, South Korea. Each of these districts attracts different groups of clubbers and has a distinct atmosphere. Through this lens I tried to get closer to understanding of Korean culture and what it means to be young in this still largely patriarchal conservative society.

In addition, in the light of a major drug, prostitution, sexual abuse and corruption scandal that broke out in early 2019 involving several Gangnam clubs some of these photos in the retrospective have taken a new, more sinister, meaning.

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