Hutt: Rabble M.C.
7 November – 5 December
Preview: Friday 6 November, 18:00 – 21:00
Opening times: Saturdays & Sundays, 12:00 – 18:00
The world is full of boys clubs. From the boys club of government to the boys club that bullied you at school to the boys club you are inevitably part of if you are a boy.
One of the most alluring boys clubs is that of the Motorcycle Gang. Media glamorisation and subversive notoriety has made the “M.C.” the ultimate in “bad boy” imagery. These are organisations associated with rebellion – identifying them self as liberalists, freedom fighters sticking it to the man. In actuality, they are exclusive in the extreme; alienating and discriminatory.
The aesthetic and cultural identifiers most commonly associated with “bikers” are those of Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs. These are often, but not exclusively, the elements of the biker community associated with crime and gang behaviour.
Most Outlaw Gangs do not allow women full membership. Women associated with outlaw gangs are frequently regarded as property. Attitudes are slowly changing in this however, with women slowly gaining more agency within outlaw groups.
Alongside this, Motorcycle gangs are often racially unmixed; although race does not seem as important as philosophy. Historically, high profile gang members have been white and often exclude other ethnicities from riding with them. The number of white supremacist biker clubs has risen in recent years, particularly in the USA.
All of these factors present a damning report on the supposedly anti-establishment, liberal ethos of the M.C.
Rabble M.C. is an attempt to play with the dichotomies of boys clubs – the strange slippages between inclusive camaraderie and exclusive cliqueiness. The exhibition is all male, however the artists were not necessarily privy to this knowledge. After all, boys clubs aren’t always aware that they are boys clubs. Exploring this through the prism of the Motorcycle Gang is useful in highlighting the social and cultural issues present in all boys clubs using one of the most extreme, yet illusory, examples.