Within the US, initial embodiment of the American
Dream has long passed, becoming corroded and
toxic through endless interpretation and dilution. An
ideal of continuing metamorphosis and distortion of
which many have rejected. However, in Europe there
is still an allure for some who seek to transcend the
monotony of life at home through embracing
romanticised narratives and clichés.  

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' making questions around identity relevant. During uncertain times and amongst the deep-rooted pervasiveness of
western individualism and popular culture, the desire to
retreat into worlds of fantasy can offer sanctuary for some.

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