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GHOSTS: Hondo (Shona) Extremely Limited Photography by Ralph Ziman

Medium Tags: Photography
162 x 112 cm | Frame
Print (10/10)

Date Created:2013
Artist: Ralph Ziman

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Artistic Statement
“I had six Zimbabwean artists use traditional African beads and wire to manufacture several hundred replica beaded guns like AK-47s, and several replica beaded general purpose machine guns (GPMGs), along with ammunition. Upon completion, beaded guns were the subject of a photo-shoot in crime ridden downtown Johannesburg. The subjects of the photo shoot were the artists who made the guns, several construction workers who happened to witness the shoot, and a member of the South African Police Services who just wanted his picture taken. What amazed me was that everyone knew how to 'model' a gun, how to dress, how to stand, what poses a rebel or soldier or general strikes. We often see stereotypical images of Africans, soldiers, rebels, fighters, with guns but somehow this is different, it’s non-lethal, brightly colored, strangely beautiful and sad at the same time. It became sort of like a Vogue fashion shoot, but different. A subverted fashion show. Shocking, beautiful and sad.” - Ralph Ziman, 10 out of 10 existing copies.
Tags: GHOSTS: Hondo (Shona) Extremely Limited Photography by Ralph Ziman, Ghosts, Zimbabwean, Craft, Faceless
Materials Used: Guns, Wires, Beads, Models
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