Dancing and partying are universal. But in the underground free party scene, these activities become a radical form of expression. Although often misrepresented by the mainstream media and cracked down upon by authorities, the free party scene is still very much alive and stomping.
It now has something of its own portrait: “Out Of Order”, an incredible photographic reportage created by Qatar-born photographer and raver Molly MacIndoe, which began in 1997 and documents over a decade of illegal raves and teknivals in countries such as Britain, France and the Czech Republic.
“WELCOME HOME!” Those are most likely the first words you will be greeted with when entering a Rainbow Gathering. Now a global phenomenon, Rainbow Gatherings take their roots in the counterculture of the late Sixties. A Rainbow Gathering can bring together anywhere from a few hundred people to tens of thousands for the larger ones, particularly in the United States. This is Freedom’s home!
Today, some women still proclaim themselves to be truly witches of our time. Katarzyna Majak met with 27 women who identify themselves as contemporary witches, healers and women shaman throughout Poland. Through a beautiful and interesting reportage entitled “Women of Power”, she puts the spotlight on these women, opening the dialogue surrounding the meaning of the word “witch” and seeking to redeem the word’s original meaning. But what is really a witch?
Pulsing through the veins of the Earth, there are myths as old as time. Some fade into oblivion. But some survive. Part man, part beast, the Wild Man is the quintessential “Other” – this stranger and rebel outsider – our primal counterpart.
Persisting against the odds of today’s digital age, masquerades around the world continue to pay homage to this figure haunting our consciousness since our ancestors first formed nomad tribes or settled into agricultural communities. It’s nothing you can tune into using a Wi-Fi connection: this is a tale speaking of roots and forces beyond the control of man. Dressed as a goat, a devil, a bear or a monster with jaws of steel, the wild man belongs to a realm populated of dreams and myths.
Photography By Yannick Cormier
Text by Sophie Pinchetti
A man with floor length dreadlocks transforms into Goddess Kali, the Hindu Goddess of Time and Change. Another one wears a tiara and animal print dress, emulating Lord Shiva. This is Fall in Kulasekarapattinam, where more than a million people gather in this tiny coastal temple-town of South India to celebrate the 10-day Hindu festival of Navratri, symbolic of the triumph of good over evil. Through masquerade, people begin to dress as gods and the body becomes a channel for the divine and the gods of the Hindu mythology.
The reportage ‘Masquerade of The Gods’ documents men and children who dress themselves as different gods during this festival brimming with talismans, shrines, myths and magic. Wigs, colourful make-up, jewellery, masks and headdresses are used to create the god or goddess inspired by depictions in traditional Indian and ancient Hindu scriptures. Regular t-shirts and dresses take on a new life when donned and accessorised as a god, demon, spirit or animal. Men metamorphose into goddesses. Children paint themselves as black demons with perfect white fangs.
Legend has it that the divine female cosmic energy Shakti took on the form of the dark and dangerous Kali to slay the demon Mahisasura on the new moon day of the Tamil month of Purattasi (September to October). The temple of this vital, fear-inducing goddess Devi Mutharamman is 300 years old. The only one of its kind in South Asia, this temple houses the male and female deities within the same shrine.