I’m Afraid Of Violence But I’ve Often Submitted To It — Edition III — CultVR Gallery, UK
106 pages, 16 images
Digital Vinyl/Grey board on table
1322cm x 61cm x 21.65cm
Second Edition July 2021
Published by Gareth Phillips
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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 106-page book questions the cross-pollinating roles of the photographer, the subject, and the viewer, as they transpose between being spectator or witness.