February 8 – March 3, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday February 8, 6PM-10PM
The Front – New Orleans
4100 St Claude Ave.
New Orleans, LA
“Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.”
-Jean-Jacques Rousseau “The Social Contract” (1762)
A 2018 study by health insurance provider Cigna found that over half of all respondents felt that no one around them knew them well. Additionally 40% of those surveyed said that they lack companionship, their relationships aren’t meaningful, and that they feel separated from others.
Concern with feeling trapped by social responsibility in an increasingly interconnected world encapsulates a spirit that has often been portrayed as distinctly American. Individualism, the value of self reliance, bootstrap philosophy, and the specter of finding success on one’s own terms are deeply woven into American identity. But at what point does individualism give way to damaging isolation?
The conversation between the objects in this exhibition is one of romanticism of the individual in American mythology and its connections to loneliness.