Ananké Asseff

2005 - 2007

Given the increasingly established trend in Argentina to keep firearms as an individual response to the growing sense of insecurity, I decided to work symbolically around the object: the firearm.

I am taking portrait photos of middle and upper class people in their homes. Each person has his gun in hand. The title of this work is “Potential.” The decision to work with these segments of society goes against our normal model of people carrying weapons. In each society the collective imagination generates a stereotype of suspicious persons. The media’s repeated images of a single theme and context anesthetize one’s powers of observation and the possibility of their reflecting on what they see.

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