It was the sheer rawness and intensity that got me. Limbs and bodies flailing in a trance-like state, immersed in a moment where time seemed suspended. I’m not sure if it was fate, but after seeing David LaChapelle’s Rize, I knew that I had found my kind of culture. Krump emerged in 2000 in the streets of South Central Los Angeles, cultivated by young African-Americans who were looking for an alternative to gang culture. It also had strong ties to faith, with some dancers using Krump as a form of praise. In 2005, Krump landed in the streets of Dandenong within a predominately Polynesian community. Perhaps it was the ties to Church or an affinity with African American culture that attracted these young Pacific Islanders. Whatever it was, the movement quickly spread, straddling various cultural groups and religious beliefs. I first became involved with the Melbourne Krump community in 2007. Starting out as a Krumper first, my role shifted to solely focus on documenting the dance and lives of the Krumpers through photography and video. The work aims to fracture the stereotypes of this culture, presenting the juxtapositions between the ferocity of the dance style and the everyday life of the dancers; which is often focused on family, faith and work. The viewers are provided with a window into an intimate and beautiful world of dance and community, offering a snapshot of ‘non-mainstream’ contemporary culture in Australia where culturally diverse stories can be heard.
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