Rutger Geerling to Exhibit “This Is My Church” in The Netherlands

Rutger Geerling Decibel 2019
Photo Credit: Rudgr

Renowned dance music photographer Rutger Geerling will be exhibiting his collection “This Is My Church” from October 2020 through February 2021.

A darling of the international dance music scene for over 25 years, Rutger Geerling aka Rudgr is celebrating his photo book and collection This is my Church with an exhibition in Maastricht, Netherlands. The exhibit will last from October 3, 2020 to February 28, 2021, at the Fotomuseum aan het Vrijthof in Maastricht, and will feature “imposing photos of international festivals and events in stadiums and large clubs.

Geerling’s circuit has frequented hugely influential festival brands like Ultra and Tomorrowland; and photographed subjects cover a range of Dutch hometown heroes including AfrojackArmin van BuurenDon DiabloHardwellNicky Romero, and Tiësto.

The exhibit explores the role of a festival’s DJ, staging, lighting, and audience in cultivating a transcendental atmosphere. Specifically, the 70-piece collection will include documentation of festival landscapes, flow arts, backstage photos, and intimate portraits of artists and attendees. While others may attend church, the subjects of Geerling’s photos attend the dance floor.

“What started out as taking pictures for fun, during a very boring Masters study, turned into scuba-diving with sharks, having snowboarders miss me by inches (sometimes not), standing between 30,000 raving people or climbing active volcanoes while seeing the furthermost corners of the earth. The choice of doing what I loved instead of what I learned was the best decision I ever made. This is living life to the fullest.”

Rutger Geerling

Through this exhibit, electronic music enthusiasts can enjoy Geerling’s work in a museum setting for the first time.

Geerling first published his photo book This is my Church in 2015 – 20 years after he initially followed the siren song of the four-to-the-floor beat in 1995. The project was a 20-year overview of the international dance music scene he bore witness to, earning him the prestigious Pop Media Prize. With the exhibition of this collection this Fall, Geerling’s photos will finally receive their inaugural museum debut.

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A slave to the rave for nearly a decade now, Jennifer's passion for electronic music originally stemmed from her roots as a basshead and has since spread to all genres that make up the scene. In particular, she is drawn to styles of music with grittier basslines, textured sonic elements, and clean production. Inspired by her diverse exposure to dance music culture spanning from her first Coachella, Southern California desert parties, events in Berlin and Amsterdam superclubs, and highly regarded international festivals such as Dimensions Festival (Croatia) and Bass Coast (Canada), she brings a nuanced and critical perspective to all things electronic music and events. An attorney by day with a specialization in music business issues and a recent JD from Harvard Law, she can also be found in and around the Los Angeles nightlife scene - running sound and lighting for events through her production company, curating local showcases and spinning signature sets under her moniker "Party Fowl".