Artist statement

Soldiers

1 Rifles is a light role infantry battalion, soldiers within this battalion work on front line and mainly operate on foot. All of these men have been at war in Afghanistan and experienced things that none of us could ever imagine. Through the production and display of these portraits I want to open up a space in which the audience are able to reflect upon the mental and physical effects of armed conflict. Although the photographs might first appear impenetrable, through their scale they reveal traces left on the body from first-hand experience of the front line, whilst their intentional installation onto a narrow corridor space encourages the consideration of the psychological impact of living with its effects.

 

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