War photos. These are not war photos.
A young boy of the 1970s un-selfconsciously rummages through drawers. He finds old photographs of his favourite subject, he delights in making them into a scrapbook, exploring them, sorting them. The photographs are of, or taken by, his cherished grandfather.
However, uncovering the scrapbook as an adult observer, the childish obsession with war is chilling. The photographs are disturbing: marching into Poland, Hermann Goering inspecting the troops, anti-aircraft guns, a practising firing squad. What is our reaction? Recoil, or fascination? Why were the photographs taken? Who is the boy today? An aggressive psychopath or well-adjusted adult?
Shown during At Play 3, South Hill Park Arts Centre. Curated by Cally Trench and Outi Remes.