Having in mind the recent armed conflicts taking place around the world and their subsequent coverage in daily news, or tragic events such as the one that occurred a few months ago in a school in Connecticut, it is a fact that firearms stand out as a concrete hot topic.
There is little surprise then in realizing that items such as shotguns and rifles appear as a recurring source of inspiration for creative minds wishing to express their opinions regarding the related conflicts and dreadful events where they appear. For example, the message conveyed by Japanese artist Tsuyoshi Ozawa was to poke fun at the stupidity of war and violence, while promoting healthy peace.
The weapons which appear in his series of photographs were made out of vegetables, later cooked as an interpretation of “a scene of ordinariness and interaction in the form of the sharing of a meal” as the artist depicts it.
Others would rather use real-life weaponry and turn it into something nice and useful, such as Pedro Reyes in his work when he disassembled 7.000 firearms and transformed them into 50 musical instruments.
But the most interesting project in this regard comes from craftsmen of social Business Saught, who create jewelry from landmines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) found littered around Cambodia to support sustainability in post-conflict countries.
Fashion echoes back to this topical trend, as in the editorial of Vogue Paris’ February issue, where surely they had to think twice before having Milla Jovovich appearing with innocent “hand guns” instead of real ones.
On the contrary, designer Jeremy Scott exhibits in Arabian Spring how he translated current political events into a pop fashion collection filled with references to the Arabian Revolutions, such as rifles and military vests.
The controversy surrounding weapons is tangible enough and even more significant when it frivolously interacts with the most common objects such as ice cubes shaped as bullets or the cute crayon ammo belt for kids, which has already received its share of infuriated criticism and resentment from some Net users.
At last, a video feature from Vice magazine sheds Light on Tel-Aviv Fashion Week and photographer Leo Nordman for his work and visual interpretation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.