"AKA peace" Exhibition
London based photographer Bran Symondson has brought together 23 renowned artists for 'AKA peace' - an art project that asks artists to re-imagine a fully decommissioned AK-47 assault rifle. The exhibition is dedicated to support of peace all over the world. The artists participating include Jake and Dinos Chapman, Damien Hirst, Rebecca Warren, Douglas Gordon, Jeremy Deller, Marc Quinn, Antony Micallef and many more. As Bran Symondson describes how the project came about:
"While serving in Afghanistan and also returning as a photographer for the sunday times magazine, I used to see how the afghan national police (ANP) would sometimes adorn their AK47s with either colorful stickers, roses, or glitter tape. that's where the seed was planted for the project. then one day, I was taking cover from incoming AK47 fire in a ditch with a young ANP lad sat next to me with a bloody rose at the end of [his gun]. I laughed and thought when or if I get home theirony of taking these things and turning them into art works has to be done." Check out more images beyond the fold.