Project and personal research — Finalist
Kristin Bedford/ United States
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Cruise Night is about the art of being seen. It is an intimate investigation of the female gaze, cultural politics and masculinity in Los Angeles’ lowrider car culture. The term “lowrider” refers to both a customized car and its driver. The lowrider tradition dates back to 1940s Los Angeles, when teenagers experimented with transforming their cars to reflect their personal style and sense of independence. These photos arise from three years of immersing myself in Los Angeles’ Mexican American lowrider community. Today, lowriding is often pigeonholed as simplistic folk art or stereotyped by the media as crude and dangerous. I am offering an invitation to question these depictions and rethink the visual narrative around this often-overlooked American art form. Cruise Night is a glimpse at the beauty, grace and complexities of the car as a mobile canvas.Back to gallery