Fear & Loathing in America strives to investigate the rise of disinformation and conspiratorial thinking within the United States post-2016. Since the presidential elections in 2016, there has been a marked increase in conspiratorial thought amongst both the right and the left. The core focus of this photographic archive seeks to investigate the rise of and the ramifications of conspiratorial thought upon modern-day democracies. With the help of the FBI’s Archives and sourced imagery from Google, I investigate these acts of domestic terror (fuelled by conspiracy) and the settings which led to these unspeakable acts. As a European-American, ‘Fear & Loathing in America’ is my attempt to reconcile with the death of the American Dream.
Created for The University of Westminster's Documentary Photography & Photojournalism MA programme, Fear & Loathing in America is a performative artwork that requires attendees to interact with a desktop computer and sift through images and documents, replicating the real-life process of how many individuals stumble upon conspiracy theories and fall "down the rabbit hole."
Incident #001 - Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria in Washington D.C.
Incident #001 - "I came for pizza and he came for something else entirely."
Incident #001 - "I wish there was a barricade between me and them."
Incident #002 - Hostage situation somewhere on the border of Arizona and Nevada.
Incident #002 - "I feel like I'm being held hostage in my own country."