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Justine Kurland, ‘Jungle Gym’, 2001, Wada Garou Tokyo
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Justine Kurland

Jungle Gym, 2001

Satin finish UV laminated C-print
29 3/5 × 39 1/2 in
75.2 × 100.3 cm
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Tokyo, New York
Justine Kurland
American, b. 1969
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In the spirit of the 19th-century landscape photographers, who produced idealized, utopian images of the American wilderness, Justine Kurland crisscrosses the country with her 4 x 5 camera and her young son, meeting and photographing fellow travelers in grand natural settings. These travelers include runaway girls, train-hopping hobos, hippies in communes, and mothers with their children. In her lush, mid-scale prints, stilled in all their raw, complex, and, often, naked or half-naked beauty, her subjects appear to be the very image of self-reliance and freedom so mythologized in American folk songs and literature. Kurland foregrounds the fact that she is not a documentarian, claiming, “[W]hat defines my photographs is this portal to a certain kind of fantasy of America, of what our national identity is, a seminal identity.”

Justine Kurland, ‘Jungle Gym’, 2001, Wada Garou Tokyo
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Justine Kurland
American, b. 1969
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In the spirit of the 19th-century landscape photographers, who produced idealized, utopian images of the American wilderness, Justine Kurland crisscrosses the country with her 4 x 5 camera and her young son, meeting and photographing fellow travelers in grand natural settings. These travelers include runaway girls, train-hopping hobos, hippies in communes, and mothers with their children. In her lush, mid-scale prints, stilled in all their raw, complex, and, often, naked or half-naked beauty, her subjects appear to be the very image of self-reliance and freedom so mythologized in American folk songs and literature. Kurland foregrounds the fact that she is not a documentarian, claiming, “[W]hat defines my photographs is this portal to a certain kind of fantasy of America, of what our national identity is, a seminal identity.”

Justine Kurland

Jungle Gym, 2001

Satin finish UV laminated C-print
29 3/5 × 39 1/2 in
75.2 × 100.3 cm
Sold
Location
Tokyo, New York
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