BYE BYE CBGB is a farewell to one of the last temples of punk/rock in New York City. CBGB, formerly located at 315 Bowery opened it’s doors in 1973 and in the following 30+ yearswas instrumental in launching the careers of such artists as New York Dolls, Blondie,
The Ramones, Television, The Talking Heads and Patti Smith, to mention only a few. On October 14 and 15 2006 people from all over the world gathered at this legendary spot for two final nights. Bruno Hadjadj was there and has immortalized the last moments of CBGB in his comprehensive tribute to one of the world’s most famous rock venues. Anonymous individuals were asked by the artist to pose in front of the entrance and recount their personal memories. This body of work was created over a period of 48 hours both outside and inside the club. Black and white and age textured with a coat of varnish, the photographs resemble those of another era. In the prints the subjects appear as targets perforated by small electric lights. This work is a new form of narration for the artist.
Bruno Hadjadj’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The artist has many works in private collections. He is also a film maker. His first feature film, ‘Bandidos’, was shown at L’Entrepot in Paris, The East Village Film Festival 2006 and in a Cannes Film Festival off selection. BYE BYE CBGB is also available as a book of photos and sketches with accompanying text about the characters that had been present Exhibiting works of Bruno Hadjadj for the last 48 hours of CBGB’s existence.