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Framed by WDET: Journey to Bubble Metropolis

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Image credit: Corine Vermeulen

“It’s basically just our way of being united, having family, and feeling like you belong to something that is safe.” - Juelisa Abbad

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Corine Vermeulen
Corine Vermeulen

Framed by WDET is an audio-visual project that features the stories of ten ethnic and cultural communities in and around Detroit. In partnership with 18 local artists, this series highlights distinct moments and spaces, personalities and sounds that color the region.

The beats, voices and dancing bodies of Detroit’s vogueing and electronic music scenes make it hard not to move your feet when listening to Framed by WDET: Journey to Bubble Metropolis. Producer Conor Anderson and photographer Corine Vermeulen highlight some of the key people activating Detroit electronic music spaces. In this interview, Julisa Abad talks about The Woodward Bar, a safe space in Detroit for LGBTQ dance and music lovers and performers.




I was so fascinated with how the movements and the dancing and just the fluidity of your body and how you just could express yourself without opening your mouth,” says Abad. 

To hear more about the Woodward Bar, click the audio player above. 

The photographs from Journey to Bubble Metropolis are now on display at The Plymouth Coffee Bean in Plymouth, MI; check them out for yourself.

The Plymouth Coffee Bean is one of the five locations where you can view work from the Framed by WDET photo collection. See where you can find the other photos at framedbywdet.org/exhibitions

Erin Allen, Content Producer, Framed by WDET

Erin Allen is a Content Producer with Framed by WDET. Allen is a foodie, yogi and world explorer.


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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