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Photography by Molly Macindoe
COUNTERCULTUREGATHERINGS&WORSHIP / juin 2015

DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE TCHÈQUE AU DÉSERT BÉDOIN: ITINÉRAIRE DE RAVE PARTY

Photography by Molly Macindoe
Text by Sophie Pinchetti

Danser et faire la fête sont des activités universelles, ceci dit, ces activités peuvent aussi prendre une tournure plus underground. C’est le cas de la scène “rave” ou “free party”  faire la fête est une forme d’expression radicale et fondamentale. Cette scène souvent méchamment pointée du doigt par les médias grand public, est souvent la cible des autorités qui essayent tant bien que mal de la contrôler. Pourtant, malgré ces désagréments, la scène rave perdure à travers les années.

« Out of Order » est un reportage photo de la raveuse d’origine Qatari Molly Macindoe. Depuis 1997, celle-ci documente la scène rave et teknival à travers le monde, de la France, en passant par les squats de Grande Bretagne jusqu’en république Tchèque et au désert Jordanien. Elle photographie ses amis et les visages de cette communauté internationale et subculturelle dont le dévouement à la fête dépasse les frontières.
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Photography by Benoit Paillé
COUNTERCULTUREFeaturedGATHERINGS&WORSHIP / mai 2014

THE RAINBOW FAMILY TRIBE: THE CALL FOR AN ALTERNATIVE

Photography by Benoit Paillé
Text by Sophie Pinchetti

“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!
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WITCHES, HEALERS AND SPELL CASTERS FROM POLAND

Photography by Katarzyna Majak
Text by Dora Moutot

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?

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WILDER MANN: UN VOYAGE À TRAVERS LES MASCARADES TRIBALES D’EUROPE

Photos de Charles Fréger
Texte de Sophie Pinchetti

Certains mythes sont vieux comme le monde, certains disparaissent et certains survivent au temps. Moitié animal, moitié homme, l’homme sauvage (the Wilder Mann), outsider rebelle et primaire, fait typiquement partie de ces mythes qui savent perdurer.

Malgré la digitalisation du monde, les mascarades, ces carnavals masqués vieux comme le monde, continuent à rendre hommage aux mythes anciens un peu partout à travers la planète. On y rend hommage aux anciennes figures et aux personnages qui hantent notre conscience collective. Conscience collective alimentée par les histoires de nos ancêtres originaires de tribus nomades ou de communautés rurales et agricoles. Habillé sous forme de chèvre, de diable, d’ours ou de monstre avec mâchoire en acier, « l’homme sauvage » appartient à un royaume fait de rêves et de mythes.
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GATHERINGS&WORSHIPLOCALS / février 2013

MASQUERADE FOR THE GODS in India

The goddess Kali.  A man becomes the goddess Kali to bless the people of the village.Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2011.

The goddess Kali.
A man becomes the goddess Kali to bless the people of the village. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2011.

 

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.

 

A man as Lord Shiva.  Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

A man as Lord Shiva, Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

A young boy prepares to become a goddess. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

A young boy prepares to become a goddess. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

Demon.  Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India,  2012.

Demon.
Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

The Spirit Gazelle. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

The Spirit Gazelle. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

A guardian of the gods. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

A guardian of the gods. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

A Goddess of evil.  According to tradition, devotees will transform themselves. Kulasekarapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

A Goddess of evil. According to tradition, devotees will transform themselves. Kulasekarapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

The death.  Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

The death, Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

Monster and policeman.  Kulasekarapattinam, ,Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

Monster and policeman.
Kulasekarapattinam, ,Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

A man becomes the god Hanuman. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

A man becomes the god Hanuman. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

The monkey god Hanuman. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.

The monkey god Hanuman. Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu, India, 2012.