b. 1969, Warsaw, New York
Lives and works in New York, NY
Justine Kurland is known for her utopian photographs of American landscapes and the fringe communities, both real and imagined, that inhabit them. A lifelong nomad, Kurland takes photographs during cross-country journeys that reveal the double-edged nature of the American dream. She presents a reality where utopia and dystopia are not polar opposites, but rather fold together in an uneasy coexistence. For her most recent exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, Sincere Auto Care (2014), Kurland returned to a purely documentary style in the tradition of Walker Evans, exploring two competing narratives: the car as an aspirational symbol of freedom, sex, the American Dream, and the bleaker daily life behind the scenes.
Justine Kurland was born in 1969 in Warsaw, New York. She received her BFA from School of Visual Arts, NY in 1996, and her MFA from Yale University in 1998. Her work has been exhibited extensively at museums and galleries in the U.S. and internationally. Museum exhibitions have included Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West at the Museum of Modern Art, NY (2009) and Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. (2009). Kurland was also the focus of a solo exhibition at CEPA in Buffalo, NY (2009). Her work is in the public collections of institutions including the Whitney Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and the ICP, New York; the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal.
All images © Justine Kurland.