This is not a game
War imagery is ubiquitous in our society. From current news imagery of modern conflicts, to remembrance parades, video games and films, war is glamourised and packaged- sold to us in many forms. This is not a game engages with the popular mythologies of war; specifically focusing on their manifestation in the deeply embedded, psychological aspects of war-play. The props, costumes and arenas in these games mimic, exaggerate and romanticise our perceived reality of war, allowing violence to slip into civilian society. This trickle-down effect ultimately contributes to the desensitisation of the public, and sanitisation of the reality of warfare. The images question how comfortable our society has become with conflict, through the associated objects, landscapes, and those who play.
Andrea Baldo • Maryam Khastoo • Kevin Percival • Alecsandra Raluca Dragoi • Kiki Streitberger • Alena Vasilyeva •