When the violence is serious
Swedish media censors violent documentary scenes, but today the violence is easily accessed from a number of other channels. You can find Al Jazeera and other channels on your satellite or google phrases like Libya War. When exposed to this violence, does it change how we see the conflicts around the world, and how we see ourselves?
I put together a twenty-minute film consisting of eleven Youtube clips that contain documented violence: a dying Muammar Gadaffi being kicked repeatedly; men who are being mauled in slow motion in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports matches; American soldiers urinating on dead Afghans.
I then put one person at a time in front of the film, without saying what they were going to see. I left the room and let the camera photograph the person viewing the violence.
The last person I photographed did not want the pictures of him to be published. When the film ended he did not move from the screen. His eyes were empty and he did not speak. Then he fell into tears. I decided to abort the project.