France, the early 1990s. Techno was raging from deep within forests,
abandoned factories, garages, sheds, basements and bunkers. The
teenage Flavie Guerrand quickly became one of the conspirators of
this clandestine nightlife, hungry for change and stimulated by new
experiences. "It was a brief moment in time where it felt like
something really unique was happening," says Guerrand. Organizing
these raves offered her a distinct form of spectatorship. A lens that
enabled insightful depictions of the underground culture and the fresh,
intense and unparalleled energy that bleeds from these spaces. This
perspective is striking and evident in her work today.
She only began to film and photograph the lifestyles influencing her
some years later while studying at the National School of Fine Arts in
Nantes, France and Bourges, France. The legacy unravels further when
she moves to Berlin in 2009 and finds her space in the blooming queer
Her work focuses on the communities created by the dancefloor,
encapsulating the decadent youth, both wild and fragile. In
spontaneous style, she captures the state of her friends, electric and
sexual behaviours. During the after and after-parties, she crystallizes
their beauty and erotic aura, their vulnerability and their strength.
Portraits evolving in an environment where there is frustration,
loneliness, abuse, anxiety and desire.
The after-party, a new symptom of pulling the rope to the end and
momentarily escaping from the world, maintains possibilities. "A
generation galvanized by nightlife and subcultures can be a powerful
force; it serves as an incubator for new ideas", she adds.
"I slid across the dancefloor" is an ongoing project, an attempt to
organize her personal archive and share what she calls her Scopic
impulses: to see more closely the object of one's desire, a certain
sense of voyeurism. We find ourselves watching or feeling watched by
her subjects in iconic clubs such as La Java in Paris, at Ficken3000 in
Berlin or her numerous private after-parties. Guerrand's intimacy is as
much an inspiration as it is a trigger, where consent and trust allow for
the liberation of the subjects.
Blurred, moving, grainy appearance, ambient light, are the details that
bring the viewer closer to the shooting conditions. It shares the same
spirit as the photographer but also the party people it captures. "The
photographic gesture allows me to sharpen the awareness I have of
my own existence," she says.