Loose Joints, 2022
Hardcover, 23,5 x 27 cm
144 pages, b/w photographs
In stock (can be backordered)
“The Four Pillars” develops from the relationship established between Durst and a self-help group, which meets weekly to discuss both spiritual and concrete strategies in search of a deeper purpose and meaning in life; this unusual collaboration, which lasted many years, allowed the author to explore the existential malaise that afflicts the American middle-class, despite the apparent well-being enjoyed by its representatives.
Durst crafts and documents scenarios of social interaction to question the relationship between the individual and the group, the reasons behind its rules and how they are perceived. By appropriating common situations (including family portraits, parents’ meetings, school gyms, theatre lessons) and amplifying their more grotesque aspects, the author develops an imagery charged with both realism and fiction, alienation and ordinariness.