Title: Sista Bossen Release Party, Plan B Basement.
Artist: Gianluca La Bruna
Size: 39 x 48 cm
SISTA BOSSEN RELEASE PARTY, Plan B Basement. My project is a reflection on a community, on music, DIY-culture and friends co-creating an alternative society, but it is also, on a very personal level, a representation of my personal growth.
GIANLUCA LA BRUNA. Even when I was living in Italy, photography was my true passion, but it was a side job while I worked as a social worker and studied landscape architecture. When I moved to Sweden a few years ago, a baby on the way and not quite 30 years old, I decided that photography, my passion, must also be my central focus.
I owe much to my experience with social work. I began developing an attention to the individual in relation to society while involved with an ethnographic research project at the University of Florence. But it wasn’t until Plan B that I really began exploring these relations using photographic language. Soon after moving to Malmö, I met Carlo, Moraea and Viktor. They were getting ready to open a membership club in a basement on the so-called 'most dangerous streets in Malmö'. Within a few weeks they had booked bands and were staging concerts. There were like 180 bands within the first year and a half who played on that stage made from pallets. By the end of 2019 the number just blew up to 600. This venue created out of nothing started to attract people that, like its creators, were driven out of a love of being together, a new feeling of freedom, of having a voice and an identity. All sorts of
subcultures, movements, activists, communities gravitated towards Plan B, drawn, it seems, to the attractiveness of this belonging that was full of freedom to be unique.
I was lucky to be at Plan B (Swedish for “basement level”) at the beginning, but even luckier to be someplace where I wanted to stay until the end. Plan B in its basement era was the best family, safe, free and full of love. Night after night, I documented almost every single concert and event.
Plan B has been the place where to go when there was no plan A.
This is my plan B.