Bird in Flight Prize ‘20 Finalist: I Died 22 Times
Rafael Heygster, Germany
The photographic work shows and questions the way our culture deals with “warfare” outside real battlefields. War does not only manifest itself as a military conflict on battlefields with clear physical fronts; it also appears more abstractly in our society in various places.
“I died 22 times” deals with the question “where does war begin?”
The series combines motifs from different scenarios. Images of weapons fairs (war as a business) are combined with motives of Airsoft, a dubious leisure activity (war as a game).
All scenarios have one thing in common: “war” is staged as something entertaining and, at the same time, harmless. War is thereby made consumable.