Ornament / Armament

Orest Tataryn

From the local to the global, the contemporary culture of fear is nurtured and land-marked by the image of the gun as the threat and the security from threat. The tyranny of this paranoia is very easily applied in images and news footage of various events reinforced by prepared statements to keep the viewer in an uncomfortable state of imminent danger. The AK-47 is the iconic weapon of choice for resistance and revolution against superior military powers and is often displayed as a valued possession; almost like jewellery. Weapons are often regarded as valuable indicators of power within urban culture and generally speaking rarely utilized. This installation questions the dominant position of the gun in all its aspects within our modern world.