Burroughs Adding Machine

Social justice, arts and politics, life in New York City

A Short Film about Child Soldiers

So I’m a bit obsessed with Marina Abramovic these days.

Not so much the stalker-type obsessed, but definitely willing to read about her work, the details of her retrospective at MOMA, or pointers to her long career. Two bits from today’s reading about Abramovic: a long, thoughtful account of waiting in line to sit with the artist on Jezebel, and a short film she did for the UN’s “Stories on Human Rights” in 2008.

The film is visually beautiful, of course: children playing with toy guns, a juxtaposition of clean lines in a white shelter, and sudden, jarring images of young pre-pubescent girl soldiers lying in bed under a pink comforter, cradling their guns.

What’s most striking to me about the video, however, is the unsuppressable joy of the child actors. This does not seem accidental: the artist’s inclusion of their play-fighting could easily have been left on the editing room floor. Yet the children’s ecstatic faces when playing with guns is evident, and jars us from losing ourselves completely in the pure aesthetics of the film.

According to Amnesty International, 250,000 children function as soldiers in wars around the globe (including in Uganda, where I recently visited). This is the point of the film. After witnessing the beauty in Abramovic’s work, you’ll understand why this statistic (250,000!) resonates so soundly.

Advertisements

Filed under: art, war, , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

About Me

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

Top Clicks

  • None

Categories

%d bloggers like this: