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Hacienda Memorabilia and Shrinking Cities

In 2004 I was commissioned by the organisers of the Shrinking Cities exhibition in Berlin to photograph items of Hacienda memorabilia to be included in a special exhibit all about the Hacienda. The exhibit was co-ordinated by Dave Haslam, former Hacienda DJ.

I photographed the objects together with their owners as well as the objects alone. Items included posters, photographs, membership cards, bits of the dance floor, bits of the metal floor at the entrance, interior and exterior lights, amplifiers, record decks, bollards, bar tops and even urinals!

All these items were acquired by people who went to or worked at the club. They were either bought at the auction, or taken away after the club closed in summer 1997. Many have ended up in peoples homes, treasured items on display or kept in a safe place. Others have been incorporated into bars and night clubs, including Cord on Tib St and Tokyo Project in Oldham. It was fascinating to meet the former Hacienda people, each of whom had some fascinating stories to tell.

I took approximately 40 photos of which around 15 were chosen for inclusion in the Hacienda exhibit, part of the Shrinking Cities exhibition, running from 4 September 2004 at Kunst Werke arts centre, Auguststrasse 69, in the fashionable Oranienburger Strasse district of the former East Berlin.

On the right you can see some of the photos I took which were not selected for display. To see the selected photos you will need to go and see the exhibition! It may be travelling to other cities, possibly Bristol UK, but unfortunately not Manchester!

The final set of photos was sent to Berlin via courier on 13 August 2004.

Weblinks:

Shrinking Cities website

Kunst Werke website

Written by Aidan O'Rourke
Posted/Updated 2004-08-12

Aidan O'RourkeAidan O'Rourke has been active in photography and online media since 1995. He has documented the development of the local area in his Eyewitness website (1997-2005) and as a contributor to books, publications and the Manchester Evening News. He runs his Eyewitness photography walks in Manchester, Liverpool and other locations. He offers one-to-one tuition in Photography and Languages. He is a high-level speaker of German and can offer photography walks and tours through the medium of German. Visit www.aidan.co.uk

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