AK-47 (decommissioned from active service)
Spoils of War (2012), considers the relationship between trade and conflict in a global context. Taking a decommissioned AK-47 that has seen active service, as its subject, Bran first covers it with burnt dollar bills, suggesting dirt and fumes, & global capitalism a toxic fuel that powers this relationship. Bran then swaps out the AK-47’s bullets for commodities, each commodity coming from an area of conflict where the AK-47 is also prevalent. This tactic fails to neutralise the weapon, instead it seems to work to signal the potency and latent power of each commodity. There is also a strongly implied inter-relationship between commodity and gun, both sustaining and both compromising the other in a never ending spiral. It asks the viewer to contemplate how closely bound one is to the other, and perhaps by extension how closely we might be implicated.
Artist : Bran Symondson
Title : Spoils of War (2013)
AK-47 (decommissioned from active service), dollar bills, bullets*
Display case: handmade in England.
1.2m x 0.3m x 0.6m (dimensions include display case)
* Clear Bullets: handmade and modeled from an AK-47, 7.62 round.
Opium poppy seeds (brought back from Afghanistan)
Diamonds (Swarovski crystals)
Your Name (a real brass blank round, the bullet that has your name on it).