/24 Road

Justine Kurland


These recent photographs were made after sixteen-years of continually photographing on road trips, often accompanied by my son. The reality of car maintenance, usually hidden outside the frame, becomes the self-reflexive core of this work. Here the road is not a means to an end, but an end in itself, and the car is both a symbol and a fact in the landscape. My photographs signal a critical investigation of American car culture, implicating my own participation in an overly optimistic and solipsistic identification with cars. The factual description of car parts connects affectively to my subjective experience as a mother and a driver.