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Portraits and Stories from Detroit’s Underground Dance Communities

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Image credit: Corine Vermeulen for Framed by WDET 101.9

An audio-visual exhibition that illustrates the diverse bodies of people united by electronic music in Detroit.

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In the 80s and 90s Detroit was far from its glory days as an industrial powerhouse. White flight to the suburbs and the Reagan-era economic downturn left much of the city vacant. But for Detroit’s budding electronic music scene, this vacant space was a platform for musical experimentation.

As a part of Framed by WDET, photographer Corine Vermeulen and producer Conor Anderson tell the story of contemporary underground dance communities in Detroit. This audio-visual exhibition illustrates the diverse bodies of people from various origins, identities and backgrounds that are united by electronic music. 

KrystaCorine Vermeulen for Framed by WDET 101.9
Corine Vermeulen for Framed by WDET 101.9


The work is part of Corine Vermeulen’s larger body of roving portrait studios, “The Walk-In Portrait Studio” (2009-present). This exhibition presents recent portraits taken at electronic music events within Detroit. The images are coupled with audio stories that include the voices of community members like Cornelius Harris of Underground Resistance, Julisa Abad, LGBTQ rights advocate, and DJ Terri “WhoDat” McQueen.

Experience their work as it observes various communities where electronic music is the foundation for belonging.


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Conor Anderson, Production Assistant

Framed by WDET 101.9 FM

This post is a part of Framed by WDET 101.9 FM.

A series of traveling audio-visual exhibitions that integrate photography and audio storytelling to present the stories of ethnic and cultural communities throughout the Detroit region. Produced by WDET 101.9 FM.

Supported by individual contributions, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and our series sponsors.



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