Boys with guns: Prudence Murphy
1 June 2011 to 17 July 2011
Boys with guns is a photographic series depicting spontaneous weapon play in children. This project represents a culmination of Murphy's recent practice, involved in capturing a chance moment of play, or fleeting moments in a child's development.
Murphy writes: "My work probes the details of our quotidian existence, documenting our ritual and play, counterpointing the balance of behaviour and experience. In play we shape the world, and children from an early age develop the impulse to play with weapons. They master their world through such imaginative and dramatic play. It is intended that these photographs will depict something of the mystery of children's imaginings, which may resonate with and elucidate our adult experience."