Ukrainian artist Sergey Melnitchenko moved to Hong Kong in 2015, where he started off as a model and a dancer. But soon this line of work led him to a job in one of the city’s nightclubs, which not only turned him into a photographer but also showed him the world he didn’t know exists.
“Transvestites, girls bathing in tubs of beer, drunk actors and even more drunk visitors. All of this [is the] club, the club where I’m working,” that’s the introduction Sergey gives to his photo series ‘Behind The Scenes,’ which he made during a four-month employment in an unnamed Chinese underground club.
“[It] is more like a huge bar with a stage, because no one of the visitors is dancing here,” explains Sergey, whose photo series is all about “the invisible side of the club, the atmosphere,” and the look into the backstage, where “there is more burlesque than on the stage.” He continues to add: “The concentration of sexual fluids is more powerful than oxygen. There’s no falsehood – it’s not a scene, it’s their everyday life, our life, or rather mine.”
The Secret Side Of The Chinese Underground Club Life
Image credits: Sergey Melnitchenko