The Buzz Club
(Maastricht / Vrijthof 25 / Hoofdwacht: BV Limburg, Museum Het Domein)
In her well-received work The Buzz Club (1996-97), Rineke Dijkstra (The Netherlands, 1959), uncovers the disarming vulnerability of young adolescents during a house party. The images, shot in Liverpool and during the Mystery World dance party in Zaandam, offer an insight into the youth culture of 15 years ago. The vulnerability of the youths, just like their pride and the awkward poses they choose when dancing in front of the camera, is timeless. While discovering their own identity, they find a support in dancing when confronted with the camera. The first part of The Buzz Club was recorded in a disco in Liverpool and shows only girls – apart from one couple making out. The second part mostly takes place in Zaandam and portrays girls and boys. All wear the same outfit, a tracksuit – now considered to be a relic from the last century. The awkward or extremely confident attitudes remain universal.
The Buzz Club is on loan from Museum Het Domein – Sittard