In a new exhibition called ONYX at Fotografiska, Adrienne Raquel looks beyond the stigma attached to exotic dancing portraying this misunderstood world in a gorgeous new light. Using her camera to capture the narrative of sisterhood, femininity, strength and self-transformation, the stunning images show the dancers in their most vulnerable yet powerful moments, letting us into their world both on and beyond the stage.
Adrienne is no stranger to photography, having captured the likes of Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion and Travis Scott, working with Dior and Vanity Fair amongst many others. However, the Fotografiska exhibition is Adrienne’s first solo, and what a solo! The images were taken at the famed Club Onyx in Houston, Texas and evoke the visual style of late 1990s and early 2000s hip-hop video vixens. Her photographs shine a light on not just the dancing, but also the backstage dynamic including macro portraits of jewelry, nails and tattoos, capturing the essence and personality of each dancer.
The images are intimate, candid and personal, letting us into the world of dancers that have long been misunderstood. Adrienne’s photographs not only illustrate the lives and the beauty of the dancers, but also invites us to understand the relationship between the women, drawing us in, and making us want to know more about them and their world.
Adrienne’s images are super dreamy and give us a perspective on women whose lives who deserve to have their moment in the sun. The show is a definite must see for any of our art squad in NYC! ONYX runs until September 26