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War Machines
2009

War Machines

Paul Shambroom

SHRINES: PUBLIC WEAPONS IN AMERICA (United States 2008)

What happens with weapons that have lost their original function? In America some of them are displayed on town squares, in parks and at military bases and armouries. They are transformed into monuments, tourist attractions, historical artefacts or playground equipment. That raised questions in Paul Shambroom's mind. Why is an instrument of death used as a memorial? Does it help the community in processing its loss? Does it inspire new generations of warriors? And when these weapons weather-beaten, do they lose their associations with death and warfare? Do we learn anything about the wars that are now being fought by looking at the relics of previous wars? With SHRINES he lays the same questions before us.

  • SHRINES: PUBLIC WEAPONS IN AMERICA (United States 2008)

    What happens with weapons that have lost their original function? In America some of them are displayed on town squares, in parks and at military bases and armouries. They are transformed into monuments, tourist attractions, historical artefacts or playground equipment. That raised questions in Paul Shambroom's mind. Why is an instrument of death used as a memorial? Does it help the community in processing its loss? Does it inspire new generations of warriors? And when these weapons weather-beaten, do they lose their associations with death and warfare? Do we learn anything about the wars that are now being fought by looking at the relics of previous wars? With SHRINES he lays the same questions before us.

  • SHRINES: PUBLIC WEAPONS IN AMERICA (United States 2008)

  • SHRINES: PUBLIC WEAPONS IN AMERICA (United States 2008)

  • SHRINES: PUBLIC WEAPONS IN AMERICA (United States 2008)

  • SHRINES: PUBLIC WEAPONS IN AMERICA (United States 2008)

Biography

Shrines: Public Weapons in America (2008)

What happens with weapons that have lost their original function? In America some of them are displayed on town squares, in parks and at military bases and armouries. They are transformed into monuments, tourist attractions, historical artefacts or playground equipment. That raised questions in Paul Shambroom's mind. Why is an instrument of death used as a memorial? Does it help the community in processing its loss? Does it inspire new generations of warriors? And when these weapons weather-beaten, do they lose their associations with death and warfare? Do we learn anything about the wars that are now being fought by looking at the relics of previous wars? With SHRINES he lays the same questions before us.

Paul Shambroom (United States, 1956) is fascinated by the representation of power in American culture. He has published the books Picturing Power (2008), Face to Face with the Bomb (2003) and Meetings (2004). In 2008-2009 a travelling exhibition of his work made the rounds of various American museums.

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