The Flesh & the Fantasy is a photobook dummy consisting of five stories that examine the export of American culture and its appropriation in the UK.

Interwoven with dreams and reality, or flesh and fantasy, I present a multi layered narrative of symbolism, ideology and culture that journey through different genres and iconic subcultures commenting on both historic and contemporary themes.

Alongside our positioning in Europe post Brexit, the American 2020 election and its impact on the UK, we see further complexities to our so-called 'special relationship'. During uncertain times and amongst the pervasiveness of American visual and political culture the desire to be part of a collective shared experience offers sanctuary for some.

Within the US the American Dream has become corroded and toxic through endless interpretation and dilution. However, there is still an allure to Europeans who seek to transcend the monotony of life at home through embracing American narratives and clichés.

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 bound, 107 pages.
Design - Wild Ilk

©Andy Pilsbury 2021