Boiler Room is having a Hard dance moment and they wrote a series of articles on the subject of Hardcore and Gabber. I had the pleasure to be interviewed for some of them. Besides that, they also published a selection of Planet Core images on their Instagram feed.
For the exhibition Strange Days & Modern Day Rogues I collaborated with graphic designer Leeza Pritychenko on a print publication. The result is a limited edition A4 full color poster zine, with remixed artworks of the exhibiting artists. The magazine is designed in Leeza’s distinctive graphic style, each page being an artwork in itself. The works feature lyrics from songs representing the subculture on the page.
You can buy the magazine in the shop.
Last year I was interviewed by Holly Dicker for Resident Advisor. I was interviewed on the topic of Lonsdale Youth, the problematic part of Gabber history. The article also features some of my photography. Its probably one of the most extensive and accurate articles on the Gabber subculture out there and was featured as one of Resident Advisors 2018 top reads.
Brand new design and refreshing the portfolio, so check back soon for the final result. There willl be a shop for photo prints, new work and more. In the meantime why don't you keep an eye on my instagram to see whats going on in the world? See you soon!
The interest in the Planet Core project has been overwhelming. Here is a selection of interviews and articles.
Het Parool (interview)
i-D Magazine Worldwide (opinion piece)
i-D Magazine Netherlands (interview)
Vice Magazine Worldwide (opinion piece)
Dj Broadcast Magazine (interview)
Radio interview with Roelof Hemmen on BNR News Radio (starts at 1h20):
Radio interview with Rob Trip for Met het oog op morgen (National Public Radio)
Radio / video interview with Dj Promo and Rosemarijn Reimer at NPO 3FM (Nederlandse publieke omroep).
Traxtorm Records helped out a lot during the making of Planet Core, so when they asked me if they could exhibit Planet Core during the first instalment of the Hardcore Italia Showcase at Milano Music Week, I was more then happy to return the favour. Special thanks to William Funck, Max Monopoli and all the people involved.
A short after video of the event:
A different selection was shown during the event:
The first edition of Planet Core and my first big solo exhibition was a big succes. It was an honor to be able to present this project inside the walls of the legendary Melkweg venue, one of the Netherlands' most import pop venues, and I would like to thank Fleurie Kloostra and Laure Vanrijkeghem for the opportunity, it was a blast. ^_^
The shown works:
Double Trouble, 2017
Freedom Flag, 2017
Beast Time, 2017
Piazza di San Giorgio, 2017
Planet Core, 2016 - on going
I'm very happy to invite you to my first solo exhibition Planet Core.
The exhibition explores the Dutch Gabber subculture as it's celebrated outside the Netherlands.
Please be welcome, the opening is on the 18th of October from 7 till 9 pm and the exhibition is open for public till the 22nd.
Gabber goes global – revealing the international side of Hardcore
Gabber in Melkweg Expo during ADE 2017
Gabber, the Rotterdam-born subculture, lives as never before. With the Hardcore-inspired collection of Dior, DJ Paul Elstak return to the top of the music charts. And with the 25th anniversary of Thunderdome, Hardcore is more relevant than ever. Gabber grows, not only in the Netherlands but also internationally. Photographer and artist Boris Postma, a Gabber fan of the first hour, followed the phenomenon to Italy and Japan, where he observed and photographed the Gabber community. The result is Planet Core, exhibited during ADE, from 18 to 22 October, at Melkweg Expo in Amsterdam.
Gabber is the black sheep of the Dutch music family. A total outsider, Gabber is anti-culture, a pain in the ass of the mainstream. Gabber is crude, bold and raw. Gabber is fooling around. Gabber is pain. Gabber is steel. But Gabber is also unconditional companionship, love and affiliation – honor, pride and honesty. Gabber is family.
Since the creation of Gabber in the 1990s, the phenomenon has become one of the largest rave subcultures in the world. It has spread internationally under the name Hardcore (the name of the accompanying music genre). In addition to Johan Cruijff, Rembrandt and tulips, this grim subculture is one of the most successful export products from The Netherlands. Wherever it arises it forms a fanatic fan base, tightly connected and with dedication solid as concrete. Groups and subcultures with a recognizable hardcore identity pop up everywhere, blending with the national visual language. And remarkably, the Netherlands, in particular Rotterdam, is the Mecca for Hardcore lovers.
Artist and photographer Boris Postma experienced Gabber like few others. He sought Gabbers in Japan and Italy and was included in their local scenes. He ate, slept and hakte (the accompanying dance) with his new Gappies, and recorded their lives and love for Gabber and Hardcore in a nuanced manner. Not only did he focus on the sometimes extreme and sensational visual identity of this subculture, but he also witnessed everyday life, affection, love and care for each other. The resulting photo and installation exhibition is Planet Core in Melkweg Expo.
This is the first show ever dedicated exclusively to the international dimensions of Gabber and Hardcore. Controversially, it takes place in the Dutch capital Amsterdam and not in Rotterdam. At the same time, it is a first sign that Gabber and Hardcore are seen for what they are worth: a lasting cultural form with global dimensions, perhaps similar in function, power and scope to Rock'n Roll in the fifties.
Boris Postma was first fascinated by Gabber in the mid-nineties. At the time it was a forbidden love that was literally experienced in secret. A no-go area of the environment in which he grew up. His love grew into a passion, which lasted for more than two decades. Meanwhile, Boris became an established name in the international Hardcore scene. He participated in exhibitions in Paris, Zurich and Toronto, researched the local Hardcore history for Art Rotterdam, functioned as a Gabber oracle for Nike and examined Hardcore elements for Vice and DJ Broadcast Magazine. In addition, he has contributed with pictures and articles to the Thunderdome jubilee book, which is yet to be released.
Wednesday 18 October at 19:00 is the opening of the exhibition, which consists of photographs and installations. Boris invited DJs Yoshiko (Italy) and Neodash Zerox (Netherlands) to provide the Hardcore soundtrack. The opening is free and open to all.
Planet Core - Boris Postma
18 to 22 October 2017
Wednesday 18 October at 19:00
Wed 18/10: 9:00 - 23:00
Thu 19/10: 10:00 - 23:00
Fri 20/10: 10:00 - 23:00
Sat 21/10: 10:00 - 23:00
Sun 22/10: 12:00 - 21:00
This is probably my biggest personal accomplishment to date. Not one, not two, but five of my photography works in the Thunderdome: 25 years of Hardcore | Official Thunderdome Event trailer (at the 0.30 mark). Big thanks to all the beautiful people involved in creating the images throughout the years.
'End Time' by Boris Postma
Size: 240 x 180 cm
Materials: Laserprint on blue back paper, wheat paste
Having visited the historical sites of Rotterdam’s gabber culture, Boris Postma presents a photo installation that calls upon the changing character of Rotterdam and its gabber scene. Places which once functioned as a pilgrimage for gabbers, now seem desolate and alienating. Combined with the aesthetic of torn down poster- and flyer walls Postma draws on the discrepancy that defined gabber culture, being both rough and sinister, and warm and inviting.
Text by Agnes Winter
Mockup and presentation
After having sturred up the quiet community of Beetsterzwaag in the summer of 2016, Kunsthuis SYB reunites the Gabber Nation collective of artists for a presentation at Intersections Art Rotterdam. Henrike Naumann, Ekaterina Burlyga, Johannes Büttner, Bastian Hagedorn, Tea Palmelund, Boris Postma and Merle Vorwald will delve into the gabber scene of Rotterdam and present new works in Gabber Nation 2.0.
Moving from the rural to the urban, Gabber Nation 2.0 takes as point of departure the birthplace of gabber: Rotterdam. In the early 1990’s the city of pounding construction sites and harbor activity seemed to inspire the beat of hardcore music. This radical electronic music style soon took over the Rotterdam party scene, with raves being held in legendary venues like the Energiehal and club Parkzicht. For Gabber Nation 2.0 the artists immersed themselves into the gabber scene of Rotterdam, creating new works that appeal to its rich history and its meaning today.
Curator: Agnes Winter
Henrike Naumann: http://henrikenaumann.com/artcore.html
More information about Intersections and Art Rotterdam: www.artrotterdam.com/
Last summer I was part of the Gabber Nation exhibition in Kunsthuis Syb as invited by Henrike Naumann. In Gabber Nation we explored the Gabber subculture in the rural parts of the Netherlands, Friesland to be more precise. Some of the themes explored were the subject of teenage angst, the urge for destruction in all of us and the apocalyptic prophecy of Hardcore rave music.
Last breath of the Homelands - Boris Postma
To capture a soul
Then sell it online
Or to store it inside
Forever in time
It’s The knee fall of valor
While paper stacks rise
Dancing with Ego
As freedom disguised
This truth is so hostile
So goddamn unkind
False Gods in power