2014 Emerging Photography Contender: Simone Sapienza

For The Hyperreal War, Cardiff-based photographer Simone Sapienza explores the effects of contemporary media on our notions of modern warfare, tracing the ways in which we have become conditioned and desensitized by virtual realities. 

Writes Sapienza in his Artist Statement, “Since the Gulf War, in according to the French philosopher, wars have become hyperreal and simulated not-realities where the boundaries between virtuality and reality fade one into the another.

"Exploring the fascination and normalization of war through Airsoft players, this project shows a simulated war, reflecting Jean Baudrillard's concept of contemporary wars as staged not-events conveyed by the mass media.”

All images © Simone Sapienza 

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