Christine Pearl

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Washington, DC

“Last Car Running”
“These photographs explore a subculture of people who work with what they have as they embrace the charm of destruction. They love the process of grinding steel, burning rubber and showering sparks to fulfill their vision of the American dream; a dream of creating the indestructible car that is the last car running.

“My photography of the demolition derby embodies the raucous spirit of what is proudly called “contemporary redneck culture.” I’m drawn to this community’s creative ingenuity, shown in the ways they give new life to an old, all but abandoned icon of the American dream, the automobile. Through my photography I am reflecting on the way cars are deeply rooted in our memories and American identity. Viscerally I’m attracted to the demolition derby by the competition, love of destruction as a promise of individual freedom and it’s reflection of our disposable society.

“I picked up a camera in 2009 as a way to face the onset of my disability and the accompanying limited mobility. As a disabled photographer I’m continually learning how to work with what I have, like the crews at the demolition derby.”