Metal Jesus stands atop his very own replica of Mad Max's

Interceptor Ford Falcon XB V-8.

Art has a way of acting like a mirror, when you look at it, you look at yourself. Art can express hopes, dreams, our love for each other, and it can show our anxieties, our anger, our fears, the hardships of life. With the growing fear of ecological and social collapse, comes an artistic response in the creation and consumption of dystopic arts and entertainment. Books, graphic novels, television shows, movies, and on. Stories about futures where people are struggling to survive under desperate and dehumanized situations. It was only a matter of time before this shared appreciation for the end of the world would result in a gathering in the middle of the Mojave Desert called Wastleand Weekend. .

Wasteland is a place where tribes and people from all over the country and world come to live in this desolate region of the desert. The aesthetic and attitude is largely based on the post-apocalyptic world's of Mad Max and Fallout. The environment itself is hostile and extreme, taking place towards the end of summer.

It’s all fantasy, but how it feels is what makes it real.

Wasteland Weekend is an escape but also a test. That if the worst came to be, that we could all find some way to survive. That we would continue, and that this all just makes for good practice.


Barbara Ellquist

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