Roller derby is a rapidly growing full-contact sport meanly practiced by women. In this research, I explore the gender diversity within the Barcelona Roller Derby community through performance, dress, movement and the body. Through participant observation, interviews and visual methods like re-enactment and photo elicitation, I identify that the “roller girls” perform an alternative gender identity, which is encouraged by the community through the construction of a ‘derby identity’ and a training program called ‘fresh meat’. Although this work is mainly focused on gender expression, it will also assess how the community’s diversity in broader terms (race, ability, class) are prioritized and realized.
The content is based on the visual ethnographic research focused on Gender, The body and Community within Barcelona Roller Derby which I am conducting since March. I applied visual methods such as photo-elicitation interviews and reenactment to uncover embodied and ‘self-evident’ knowledge.
My visual observations of ‘bout’ (match), training and event and the roller girls’ knowledge from the base of this visual essay. It shows moving and interacting bodies and explores gender performance, body diversity