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Dolls (aka: Taliban Toys, Pop Tots, Kamikaze Kids, Baby Boomers, Cabbage
'BlowUp Dolls' is a dark-humoured series of antique and vintage dolls wearing simulated suicide bomb vests. While these artworks reflect shocking and violent tactics used by terrorists in the Middle East, these cute/ creepy dolls also address a relatively new and disturbing trend of 'home-grown' terrorism forming in the wake of hyper-violent movies and video games, often targeted at young people.
Terms like ‘Home-grown terrorism’, ‘suicide bombers’, ‘lone wolf attacks’, and ‘shooting rampages’ have permeated our cultural lexicon and our society is slowly becoming desensitized to these disturbing trends. 'BlowUp Dolls' aims to critically challenge the commercialization and mass-production of violence, kamikaze-style terror attacks, and sensationalized language and imagery in the media. This series asks viewers to consider the causes of such radical and hopeless behaviour, as well as how the representation of these crimes impact our collective, social psyche and the psyche of the next generation.
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