Pit Pass is a passionate pre-pandemic love letter to the automotive gladiator sport of demolition derby and its intense theatre photographed at various demolition derbies in Ontario between 2015-2017.
A coil-bound photography book, in style of a mechanic’s manual, and featuring the full extent of Pit Pass series accompanied Arkan's first solo exhibtion. Limited copies available through HOLON
140 pages. Custom vinyl envelope. Numbered edition of 200.
Pit Pass was Arkan's first solo exhibition, a part of CONTACT Photo Festival in Toronto hosted at Project 107 Gallery. The exhibition contained 22 archival pigment prints. 2 installation pieces accompanied the images.
The series are an exploration of the sport of demolition derby as practiced in many rural communities in North America, and around the world.
The dress-up and subsequent demolition of vehicles harks back to the theatre of pagan rituals and is performed in reverence to the historic reliance on all things automotive by rural communities hosting these events.
Pit Pass was Arkan's first solo exhibition, a part of CONTACT Photo Festival in Toronto hosted at Project 107 Gallery.
The exhibition contained 22 archival pigment prints & 2 installation pieces.
Sound of field recordings from demolition derbies mixed with dramatic opera will echo through the space to play up the boisterous, over-the-top atmosphere.
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