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, 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.
I don´t know but I know I would like to travel, take photographs and do my art
A design that is real, innovative and creative.
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.
My collegues, my professors, going to exhibitions and museums, travelling...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Courses that made no sense and were no related to Photography or Art at all.
With my friends,out of my room, getting fun and taking photos!