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Sado-Masochism Australia In The 90s: The Photos of ILANA ROSE

Via Dazed Digital

Photography Ekaterina Bazhenova-Yamasaki – Text Anastasiia Fedorova

In 1993, photographer Ilana Rose first walked into Hellfire, Melbourne’s fetish nightclub, and was immediately mesmerized by the crowd. “We got in and everyone was totally dressed – that’s the first thing we noticed. It was just the most amazing take on S&M fashion, so heaps of plastic, vinyl, lots of leather and studs, and everyone strutting their stuff. The music was pumping and everything was great,” she remembers. 

Hellfire first opened in 1992 and was a fixture of Melbourne’s 90s nightlife every single Sunday night for ten years. It was a space of sexual liberation and experimentation which attracted party-goers, fetishists, and kinksters alike. Rose documented all of them on the dancefloor and during erotic play – a unique insight into Australia’s sexual underground which existed on the verge of fetishism and club subcultures. 

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