Ra-ble: Parallel rituals

Raquel González Obregón

Ra-ble is a work that seeks to question the relationship between the sacred and the profane. This book encourages the viewer to reflect on how religious beliefs and practices can influence our experience of music and rave culture, and how this culture can also have an impact on our relationship with the divine,via the fusion of these two modalities of expression, which at first glance may seem to be in antagonism.

It is a challenging and deep investigation of mankind and its inner tensions that addresses the difference between the traditional Catholic upbringing and rave culture and drug use.
Through the combination of images from the rave scene with Catholic iconography and photographs from the artist’s personal family photo archive, Ra-ble challenges the viewer to consider the similarities and differences between these two different realities. Furthermore, how these two festive rituals may influence and complement one another.

“Dance parties have transmuted the role that organised religion once had
to lift us onto the sacramental and supramental plane.” - Ray Castle


Raquel González Obregón

Raquel González Obregón, 1999, born in Santander, after taking her first steps in the art world with Fernando Laso, the painter from Santander, she moved to Madrid to enrol in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. She has taken several courses, including an intensive course at Central Saint Martins in London (2016) and an online course in advanced photography at the MoMA in New York (2020).

She has exhibited collectively in different venues including “La Trasera” in Madrid (2018-2022), at the Punkty gallery in Warsaw, Poland (2018); at CNFoto in Torrelavega, Cantabria (2021), at OKK - Organ kritischer Kunst in Berlin (2022) and in Frequenzwerk Gallery in Berlin (2022). Moreover, she has had a solo exhibition in Madrid sponsored by Inmobiliarias Encuentro (2021). Her work has been published in the magazine “Por Amor”, published in Chile (2021), selected as a finalist in Photoespaña (2020) and participated at the OFF Festival Bratislava in Slovakia (2022). She has worked at Mateo Maté’s studio in Madrid and Ignacio Uriarte’s studio in Berlin.

She is currently finishing her Master in Photography at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences in Berlin, while she continues with the production of her artwork.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I don´t know but I know I would like to travel, take photographs and do my art

What is a good design for you?

A design that is real, innovative and creative.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

I understand this Master Programme is new and is being tested, but there were different courses that made no sense and had nothing to do with art or photography.

Who or what inspires you?

My collegues, my professors, going to exhibitions and museums, travelling...

How do you approach a new project?

With exciment and order. I like to have a plan on how things are going to work. Sometimes the plan doesn´t work but it is fine as long as I use my creativity to solve problems.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Always try to give your best, go to every activity and take advantage of all the resources. Try to approach every activity in your own way, try to be yourself through photography.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

I started this programme working only as a documentary photographer. Now, I realised that I am really into self-portraits and Fine Arts Photography too.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

Even though, I really like drawing and sculpturing, photography is my way of connecting to myself and to others. I wanted to experience Photography in deeper and academic way.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Courses that made no sense and were no related to Photography or Art at all.

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

With my friends,out of my room, getting fun and taking photos!

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