The Flesh & the Fantasy consists of five stories connected by the export of American
culture and its manifestation by outsiders in the UK. 

Interwoven with dreams and reality, or flesh and fantasy, I present a layered narrative
of symbolism, ideology and culture that navigates different genres and iconic subcultures
commenting on both historic and contemporary themes. With the American Dream
corroded and toxic in the USA, there is still an allure to Europeans who seek to transcend
the monotony of life at home through embracing American narratives and clichés.

Alongside our positioning in Europe post Brexit, the American 2020 elections and its
impact on the UK, we see further complexities to our so called 'special relationship'.  
The pervasiveness of this relationship is deeply rooted in the British psyche and offers
sanctuary for some.  

The Flesh & the Fantasy explores British communities and individuals who adopt
alternative lifestyles and asks what it means to appropriate additional cultural traits
whilst maintaining a sense of identity, community and home.


This book dummy has been supported by GRAIN projects and Arts Council England.
Hardback 200 x 250mm, perfect bind, 107 pages
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Design - Wild Ilk






©Andy Pilsbury 2020