bacchanal

Not since pagan Rome has there been an era so totally bathed in giddy hedonism as the glittering 1970s. Unapologetic pansexuality, along with party drugs like cocaine and Quaalude, fueled an atmosphere of bacchanalian excess in which the relentless pursuit of pleasure would become society’s raison d'être. Discos, like Studio 54 in Manhattan, provided the strobe-lit backdrop against which the zeitgeist would play out.

In this series, Quaalude’s RORER 714 logo and Studio's infamous man-in-the-moon-with-a-coke-spoon become core icons around which the louche 70s narrative unfolds. An overlay of Christian symbolism, juxtaposed with debauched archetypes like vampires and diablos, examines the sharp contrast between 70s free-thinking and the 80s backlashes of intolerance and hyper-morality that occurred with the global AIDS pandemic.

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