Oliver Sieber, Imaginary Club
Exhibition, TH13 Bern, Switzerland, until 23 February 2014.
A journey to the heart of a little-known worldwide community: the outer reaches of the punk club scene, and the groups that perform there. German photographer Oliver Sieber, himself a committed punk, presents a striking portrait of an uncompromising, multifaceted counter-culture. Sieber spent years touring clubs and concert halls all over the world, creating his iconic portraits of fans on the global punk scene, shot in three-quarter profile. They all wear highly elaborate, carefully evolved outfits, makeup and hairstyles, asserting their unique presence. Beyond the project’s obvious socio-anthropological interest, the images are above all a personal testimony from the inside.