Dancer from Durban’s Encore Crew
Featuring street dancers from Rwanda and Burundi, Josh Cole‘s video for In Pieces by J Majik & Wickaman (feat. Dee Freer) picked up a Best in Book award in last year’s CR Photography Annual. Now Cole is set to exhibit images of street dancers from around the world in a new exhibition entitled Physical Graffiti…
The show, which runs at London’s Hoxton Gallery from July 25 to August 5, celebrates the acrobatics of break-dancers from some of the world’s poorest communities, with each shot capturing a dancer or dancers in mid air:
Breakdance action on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, courtesy of the Giller Battle Crew
“The break-dance movement came out of gangland New York in the 70’s as a way for young gang members to ‘battle’ in a non-violent way,” says Cole of the show. “This scene has now become popular globally and is just emerging now in the poorest parts of the world.
“For this project I travelled to Italy, Lithuania, Argentina, South Africa, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, The Congo, India, Malaysia, China, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to find and shoot break-dancers in the ghettos and slums they’re from.”
Dancer Mouse doing his thing on the streets of Brixton, South London
Ubuntu Crew from Mitchel’s Plain, Cape Town
Bruiser the dog busts a move in Dalston, East London
Physical Graffiti runs from July 25 – August 5 at Hoxton Gallery, The Arch, 9 Kingsland Road, London E2 8 AA.
See more of Cole’s work at joshcole.co.uk
CR iPad app users, keep an eye out in the Hi-Res section for a selection of exclusive not-in-the-show images by Cole of more dancers from around the world.
To see Cole’s video for In Pieces by J Majik & Wickaman (feat. Dee Freer), check out Eliza’s round up of last year’s best music videos here.
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