Photography > Perfect America

Part of the archival project “You Say You Hope to Want a Revolution”.

Perfect America is a growing database of 200+ street photographs that explores the American Dream and its incompatibility with American reality. This is a conceptual starting place for an archive that incorporates photographs that I have taken in Europe, The Middle East, as well as in The United States.

The work also questions the natural assumptions and mythologies of “Americanness”. Inspired by Theodor Adorno’s discussion of the universal, which appears as “something violent and extraneous and has no substantial reality for human beings.” He refers to a situation in which the universal fails to agree with or include the individual and the claim of universality itself ignores the rights of the individual.

Date range: 2009-Present