Photography: Anna Bloda
New York-based photographer Anna Bloda creates work marked by a gritty, intimate portrayal of youth culture—an aesthetic that enhances and dramatizes her subjects’ personalities, but never interferes. There’s a vibrating energy to the imagery produced from Bloda’s lens, brimming with high-contrast confidence and subtly laced with voyeurism. The Polish native cites memories of secretly watching ’80s porn as a source of visual inspiration, innately referencing the pastel colors and unabashed protagonists of those nostalgic clips. “My style is kitschy and kinky,” Bloda said. “Colorful and raw.”
Brooklyn’s Alt Space, 41 Montrose Avenue, will host a launch party on Thursday, Jan. 21 to highlight Bloda’s first zine, which chronicles a selection of the work she’s released thus far. The space curators, Alt Citizen Editor-in-Chief Nasa Hadizadeh, Stylist Phil Gomez and Artist Grace Miceli, have prepared an intimate evening, featuring a capsule collection of ’90s fashion with modern designers and rare vinyl. Sip on Pink Panty Droppers, dance to the sounds of Whatever 21’s DJ Brian Whatever and celebrate Bloda’s official retrospective tomorrow from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
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