I’m Afraid Of Violence But I’ve Often Submitted To It - Edition II
56 pages, 24 images
13.5cm x 9.5cm
Second Edition April 2017
Published by Gareth Phillips
Is violence an integral quality of the human condition? Is violence inevitable in an egalitarian society? Does our mass media environment conjure an echo chamber of violent acts and reprisals?
I’m afraid of violence, but I’ve often submitted to it, is a book installation that focuses on society’s vicarious relationship with violence. It provokes the viewer to question their role as spectator, or witness, when confronted with violence, and asks if that decision, conscious or not, contributes to the perpetuation of violence in contemporary society.
Using real scenes encountered in the city of Cardiff, this early edition book questions the cross-pollinating roles of the photographer, the subject, and the viewer, as they transpose between being spectator or witness.