Holes to Hide in and to Hide From

Andrei’s final regular post on the holes series. Andrei’s posts were an exciting feast of traversing disciplines, sensibilities, and poetics of holes. As such, they open up all sort of creative and imaginative potentials. The latest one is about wars and hiding. The ground as shelter and as exposure, appearance and disappearance, creation and destruction.

Losing Ground

Holes are to be found everywhere around us, yet they might be most prominent at the instances when they appear. While we continuously make holes through our mundane activities, their coming into being has a traumatic character when it is associated with the destructive violence of war. Holes seem to be an inherent part of war, one that has been consciously and unconsciously taken up in both its practice and its representations, and one that continues to be taken into account when thinking about conflict today. While bullet holes are still around us and hide (or reveal) stories about everyday violence, bomb craters are perceived to be far away. Yet their physical reality is undeniable, as well as their effects on the lives of many.

1980_6466-300x224 Projectile pendant made by a soldier out of the bullet that shot him in the leg at Gallipoli (Source: http://www.armymuseum.co.nz/whats-on/world-war-one-centenary/personal-treasures-wwi-trench-art/)

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