Inside Radical Collective Brujas' Anti-Prom Party

Inside Radical Collective Brujas' Anti-Prom Party

The third annual Anti-Prom ball was a norm-busting carnivale.

The third annual Anti-Prom ball was a norm-busting carnivale.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

On Friday, the New York-based collective Brujas and an army of devotees flocked to Performance Space New York in the East Village for the third iteration of Anti-Prom, the collective’s annual party held to advance the mission of dismantling white, male-dominated skate culture. True to its name, Anti-Prom III enforced an anything-goes dress code and offered an array of counter-cultural pageantry—from performances by queer and femme rappers to a free library of anarchy-tinged “summer reading” by Leo Tolstoy, Malcolm X and more.

The Anti-Prom event, part of the Red Bull Music Festival, kicked off Brujas’ latest project, a skatepark and training facility at Performance Space New York that will be open to “people with a passion for skateboarding and radical politics,” according to the venue. The installation was inspired by the growing scarcity of public spaces for skating in Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the birthplace of Brujas founders Arianna Gil and Sheyla Grullon.

Founded in 2014, Brujas began as a feminist crew of skaters and activists. It has since grown into a political organization and fashion label espousing a radical dogma that ranges from “brujeria,” or witchcraft, to prison abolition. The organization has hosted performances by New York locals from Cardi B to Yaeji and collaborated with like-minded fashion brands like Gypsy Sport. This year’s Anti-Prom was headlined by Young M.A, whose breakout single “Ooouuu” was touted as the first mainstream hip-hop single by an out lesbian. Click through the gallery for an inside look at the forward-thinking ball.

Credits: Photography: Fujio Emura

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