Monday, May 10, 2010

Christopher Sims at SF CameraWork

Christopher Sims, Durham-based Southern Photographer to Watch Out For, has a show of his work from the series Theater of War: Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan now up at SF CameraWork, 657 Mission Street in San Francisco. The show opened May 6th and is up through August 7th, 2010.

The Press Release for Chris' show is here.

Sims is the recipient of the 7th annual Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers. His winning portfolio depicts places inside the USA that serve as fake locations set up to train American troops for war in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the Americans who pretend to be Iraqi and Afghani friends and foes to provide some sort of interactive quality to the simulations. 

Chris documents a surreal world in which cheaply and quickly put-together mosques and temples dot distinctively American landscapes. We are in his work backstage in the war on terror, revealing it to be a strange kind of living video game, a dramatic entertainment with actors and audience.

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