Bran Symondson

Bran Symondson is renowned for being one of the finest reportage photographers working in the world. The winner of the 2011 Amnesty International Media Award, Symondson was a serving soldier when he began documenting the Afghanistan war, which became a hugely lauded and controversial exhibition in 2010 entitled “The Best View Of Heaven Is From Hell”. In 2012 his exhibition named “AKA Peace” for which Symondson asked artists such as Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Sam Taylor-Wood, Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, Antony Gormley and the Chapman brothers to reinterpret AK-47 assault rifles was a complete sell out. ‘Beat of a Wing’ (2015), is inspired by the artist’s utopian vision or fantasy, that even while the world is being slowly engulfed by man’s greed, always disguised as need, the butterfly's wings might create tiny changes in the atmosphere, ultimately perhaps altering the path of the planet’s condition returning it back to an earlier prelapsarian state when man held such a destructive and ravenous impulses in check and Mother Nature was left to her own devices. The butterflies become active agents of this vision, taking hold of AK-47 rather than simply alighting on it, their complete life process enacted on the bayonet as a declaration of the life force of Mother Nature itself. They become a statement of beauty and potency, in the face of something that brings destruction, their numbers engulfing the AK-47 and also hinting at a latent aggression and the true power of Mother Nature should it ever be fully unleashed.

Beat of a Wing