In Guns We Trust
One might argue that Americans may have read their founding fathers’ message incorrectly. Scrutinizing the Second Amendment suggests that its effectiveness most likely expired 30 years after the Constitution came into force, when a fledgling country was still paranoid about creating a federal standing army and the defeated British Empire was possibly contemplating renewed military action. Fast-forward to 2019, when the citizens of the USA have become one of the most heavily armed countries in the world with the highest mortality rates from peace-time gun violence. Jean-François Bouchard brings forward his debut book and art project to face this perplexing reality head on. Through his surreal series of images and installations, Bouchard parses the extremity of this marginalized gun culture at ground zero, their place of worship. In his brief essay, Douglas Coupland brings us a sharp and insightful take on this culture. This book is a must-have for curious minds trying to comprehend the perplexing condition in which we find ourselves.
— Edward Burtynsky
Hardcover, 9" × 12", 128 pages, 3 foldouts
60+ colour photographs