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Chloe Dewe Mathews April 16, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in England.

Banger race. England, 2008

Chloe Dewe Mathews (b. 1982, London) studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School, University of Oxford. After graduating she worked in the commercial film industry for three years. Both inspired and frustrated she turned to photography, as a more immediate and intimate creative process. Working with people in their natural environment enabled her to engage with the world more directly.  She has exhibited in London, Birmingham, Buenos Aires and Berlin and has been published in the Times, the Independent, Burn Magazine and Dazed and Confused.  She is currently travelling from Bombay to Britain overland, gathering material for her next major project.

About the Photograph:

“I took this photograph at a Banger race, held in a racetrack surrounded by woods on the outskirts of London.  For a year, I followed this small community of people around South East England, who invest all their time and money in doing up old, useless cars, only to smash them to pieces at the end of the week.  Alex, on the left, used to wreck 50 cars a year, but told me he got bored when the drivers stopped “hitting as hard”.  The raw machismo of Alex and his friends was infectious, and the strange clash of resourceful creativity and reckless destruction really appealed to me.  I managed to persuade one of the drivers to tow his written-off car into the gallery where I showed the series at the end of last year.  Hopefully people looked at the photographs as well as the car.”

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