China’s Underground Nightclub Life Through the Lens of Sergey Melnitchenko
Why We Recommend it
Featuring 88 photos by young Ukrainian photographer Sergey Melnitchenko, this exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the world of nightclub employees and the everyday lives of common people in China.
In 2015, 2017 Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award-winner Sergey Melnitchenko (b. 1991) worked in China as a nightclub dancer. During this time, he snapped a body of both documentary and conceptual art photography.
From Dusk Till Dawn, his first exhibition in Asia, features a selection of images taken between 2015 to 2017. Melnitchenko’s 77 black-and-white images portray Chinese society from the intimate perspective of an outsider. What captured the eye of the photographer were not the glamorous or materialistic side of a fast growing economic power, but the fleeting moments of the everyday life of its common people.
Conversely, his stint as a nightclub dancer allowed Melnitchenko to capture people as ‘one of them’: his candid, backstage images the invisible and often the harsh reality of working life inside the nightclub. As Melnitchenko puts it, ‘there’s no falsehood—it’s not a scene, it’s their everyday life, our life, or rather mine.’ The exhibition features eleven colour images from this award-winning series.