“Toy Soldiers. A Powerful meditation on war. These images, in which troops pose as their model counterparts, show the absurdity of military conflict – and the plight of individuals locked in it.”
Sean O’Hagan, The Guardian
Toy Soldiers, the first solo exhibition by Club member Simon Brann Thorpe, will be on display at the Hospital Club Gallery from 19 – 21 May, as part of the Photo London VIP Programme. It is also a first solo showing for Toy Soldiers as a body of work, an important dialogue on war and conflict through conceptual art in this critical time of socio-economic conflict and upheaval.
Recently receiving two nominations for the Prix Pictet Award, Toy Soldiers is a unique collaboration between a military commander and Thorpe in the creation of a unique allegory of modern warfare. The series stages real soldiers, posed as toy soldiers, in this investigation into the impact, legacy and dehumanising effects of war. Toy Soldiers is a powerful conceptual project on war and conflict that blurs the boundaries between documentary photography and art.