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Josh and Zak are Brooklyn based artists who come from distinct creative backgrounds – Zak is trained in modern drama and performance while Joshua studied photography and video. As teenagers the two brothers began collaborating on photography projects as a means to subvert a reality marked by alienating social constructs and a dysfunctional family. These early works, steeped in adolescent psychosexual energy, documented the fantasy, inhibition and intimacy shared between family and close friends.
They now work predominantly in performance-based video. The photographic sensibilities that permeate their video work, employing techniques fashioned for stretching out and locking in to highly emotional/visceral moments, were developed in large part during their adolescent collaborations.
As adults Joshua and Zak are interested in examining the line that is drawn between adolescent and adult behavior and the dysfunction that often ensues as adults try to hold on to feelings of idealistic hope and youthful indiscretion. They employ post-dramatic performance style and highly confrontational documentary/interview techniques with sometimes-volatile subjects. They facilitate scenarios that attack and upset the sense of comfort that so often leads to the dishonesty and denial prevalent in postmodern life.
The Brothers aim to capture a general state of alienation, and the protective worlds people create in the midst of oppressive or tumultuous circumstances.