Weapons of Mass Production

Weapons of Mass Production is a sociopolitical photographic series that explores relationships between war and everyday life. Regardless of whether the conflict is territorial, cultural, religious or economical, history had repeatedly demonstrated that human kind has only become more aggressive in its approach to internal and external disputes.

The Middle East has been a source of conflict for many years. In 2003, the U.S. Iraq invasion transformed the already economically and socially depleted state into the war-torn country that it is today. Other Middle-Eastern territories such as Palestine and Lebanon have been faced with similarly violent and imposing foreign interventions. My aim through this series is to visually represent the merging of the two incompatible cultures: war and everyday life.

Two objects, one representative of Arabic culture (i.e. prayer beads, decorative household objects, jewelry, etc.) and the other representative of the culture of conflict (i.e. bullet shells, dog tags, military clothing, etc.) are photographed together. The objects are placed together inside of a plexiglass cube. Hand-written Arabic text covers the entirety of the cube. The words on the box are a compilation of matters that exploit the current state of affairs. Poems by contemporary Arabic poets that speak about war can be found alongside statistics, numbers of casualties, widows that reside in the Middle East, etc.

The images are photographed through the sides of the cube, thus the viewer is not immediately aware that the objects are isolated in a confined space. This is slowly revealed to the viewer as the layers of text, shadows and reflections begin to form. This overwhelming amount of information and given perspectives engulfs the objects, surrounding both the item that represents Arabic culture and the one that represents War. This engulfment mirrors the suffocation, so to speak, that the people of the Middle East face during war. My aim through this series is to shed a light on a subject that often seems to be overlooked: how, for some individuals, war has become everyday life.