Shooting Wars

Valencia Remix

It was an appropriate installation for a church. Surrounded on three sides by an outdoor exhibit of war photography, the graveyard-like stand-ins were unmistakable.

Maxim Dondyuk installation. Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Valencia.

Featuring images of the Ukraine conflict since Euromaidan, the Genezerathekirsche (Church of Galilee) was a perfect location for highlighting the barbarism close by.

Located in Berlin’s heavily Middle Eastern borough of Neukölln, in the Schillerkiez neighbourhood adjacent to Hitler’s one-time airport, Tempelhof, it fit in perfectly.

I hadn’t planned on photographing the exhibit, but I noticed an Arab family slowly taking it in.

I wondered whether they were Syrians and had survived Russia’s heavily criticised carpet bombing campaigns.

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Photograph courtesy of Joel Schalit. All rights reserved.