Zoom Toy Soldiers | Simon Brann Thorpe
Zoom Toy Soldiers | Simon Brann Thorpe
Zoom Toy Soldiers | Simon Brann Thorpe

Toy Soldiers | Simon Brann Thorpe

$51.60
October 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the outbreak of conflict in Western Sahara. It is a conflict that has yet to be resolved and has resulted in an estimated 160,000 people becoming refugees, many of whom are now second or third generation. In Toy Soldiers, Simon Brann Thorpe blurs the boundaries between document, landscape, and concept-based photography to explore this conflict. He examines the impact and possible consequences of stagnation. Through real soldiers, posing as toy soldiers, he reveals the current situation in Western Sahara, a nation on hold trapped in a historical cycle of colonial conflict, displacement and endless lack of resolution. The work is a unique collaboration between Thorpe, a military commander, and the men under his command. Shot entirely in the isolated and hauntingly beautiful territory known as Liberated Western Sahara, it is influenced by the historical works of photographers such as Mathew Brady, Roger Fenton and Edward Curtis. Toy Soldiers offers a contemporary archive on the problem of non-resolution and the paradigm of postcolonial cycles of violence in modern conflicts. Born in Zambia in 1970, Simon Brann Thorpe studied photography at the Alberta College of Art & amp; Design, Canada. He has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and has received, or been shortlisted for, many prestigious awards such as the International Photography Awards, the Aftermath Award, the Arte Laguna Award, and the Association of Photographers Awards.s.

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Toy Soldiers | Simon Brann Thorpe

$51.60