23 Artists take the worlds most prolific weapon of fear and destruction – the AK47 The result a collection of intriguingly beautiful artworks curated by Jake Chapman & exhibited at the ICA & Auctioned at Philips de Purry.
I conceived AKA Peace whilst taking cover in a ditch from incoming fire in Afghanistan. Taking cover next to me was an Afghan policeman with an AK47 covered in stickers & flowers. We were both nervously laughing as one sometimes does in those situations, it then struck me, why not take the most prolific weapon in the World from which I am being shot at and turn it from a function of fear to one of beauty and intrigue, using the AK47 as a blank canvas for artists to create a piece of work on.
Participating Artist & Founder of AKA Peace : Bran Symondson
Location : ICA (Institue Of Contempary Art) London & Phillips de Pury London
Antony Gormley, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Gavin Turk, Rebecca Warren, Damien Hirst, Sam Taylor Wood, Marc Quinn, Tim Noble, Sue Webster, Antony Micaleff, Harland Miller, Sarah Lucas, Charming Baker, Bran Symondson, Matt Collishaw, Stuart Semple, Laila Shawa, Nancy Fouts, Solange Azagury-Partridge, Jim Lambie, Jeremy Deller, Ryan Gander, Langlands & Bell, Douglas Gordon.
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