Art reflects society's values. Our shared hopes, dreams, but also art can express other realms of our humanity. Our anxieties, our anger, our fears. With the constant fear of ecological and social collapse, comes a social response in the creation and consumption of dystopic arts and entertainment. In the past few decades, there has been an uptick in dystopic themed 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 these shared tensions would result in a shared artistic expression based in a shared space.

Wasteland Weekend is a gathering like none other. It is held annually in a remote region north of California City in the Mojave Desert. It is here that tribes from all over the world come to build a city overnight. This desolate region of the desert becomes a vibrant community. The aesthetic and attitude is largely based on the post-apocalyptic world's of Mad Max and the Fallout franchise. The environment itself is hostile and extreme, taking place towards the end of hot summer.

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.

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

Interceptor Ford Falcon XB V-8.

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

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Barbara Ellquist

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