The debut by Zuzana Pustaiová titled One Day Every Day (2022) is an ironic commentary on various social norms impacting our daily lives. Commonplace routine, gender stereotypes, and role-playing (depicted in the book literally as ‚wearing masks‘) are few examples of cultural code, which, on the one hand, bind the society together, but on the other, it imposes the often unwanted social pressure affecting an individual’s freedom.
In this book, the artist seeks the boundary where the (otherwise useful) behavioral patterns become pathological.
Exploring the intricate relationship between these patterns and broader social phenomena, the book shows deeper layers of institutional limitations conceived by the policy-makers and relayed to the public by the media and via social networks. It brings the reader’s attention to the point that while striving for a better world, one ought not to forget how the individual feels in the realm of all those recommendations, behests and restrictions, imprinted to one’s mind since an early age and while being brought up, only to find that civilizing imperatives often lead to systematic oppression. The idea of rethinking one’s conviction, when it comes to social norms, is further supported by the ‚Leporello‘ layout, allowing for alternative page juxtapositions.
Photographs:Zuzana Pustaiová (2020-2022)
Text: Branislav Štěpánek
Book design: Matúš Lelovský, Zuzana Pustaiová
Print run: 300 + collectors edition of 11
Date of publishing: May 2022
Language: Slovak / English
Number of pages: 62
Number of photographs: 60
Publisher: self-published with Reflektor
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