Don't Worry Mom

Joshua and Zakary Sandler

Joshua and Zakary Sandler are Brooklyn based artists who come from distinct creative backgrounds. Joshua studied photography and video and his brother Zak trained in modern performance. As teenagers, Josh and Zak began collaborating on photography projects as a means to escape suburban mediocrity and the expectations of an upper-middle class upbringing. These early works documented the fantasy, inhibition and intimacy shared between family and close friends.

As adults, Josh and Zak are interested in examining the line that is drawn between adolescent and adult behavior, and the dysfunction that often ensues when adults try to hold on to feelings of idealistic hope and youthful indiscretion. Their work has evolved into a kind of ‘dysfunctional family theatre,’ relying upon absurdity as a means to upset the sense of comfort that so often leads to the dishonesty and denial prevalent in postmodern life. Their intention is to create an immersive experience not with pulsing lights & loud music, but with awkward situations.