KOLBUSZ Wawrzyniec

Sacred Defense


2015 -

Sacred Defense documents construction of fake war images in Iran and creates new war-related simulacra in digitally amended satellite images of Iranian nuclear sites.
Images make us believe we see the war. We are looking at illusions, however.

We follow how the war simulacra of political importance are being constructed within different places. Cinema city, constructed only for the purpose of shooting war movies, is a self-referencing space, created not to be experienced itself, but to become an image of war. Museums mimic wartime reality in the smallest detail; with wax figures of fallen martyrs allowing to meet dead heroes again; and plastic replicas of antipersonnel mines sold as souvenirs.

From a play between a copy and the original, author leads us to the point where he creates new simulation. He amends satellite images of the Iranian nuclear installations with mutually exclusive versions of destruction, which may be caused by the Western strike. Buildings destroyed in some images stand intact in others, and all parallel versions of the same event are presented on a single satellite map.

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About the artist

WAWRZYNIEC KOLBUSZ was born in 1977. He uses the photographic medium as an analytical tool and often uses the aesthetics of documentary photography as the medium of communication. In 2014, he graduated from the Academy of Photography of Warsaw. He lives and works in Warsaw.