2009 - This is not a Toy




Contemplating Body Exhibition - Columbia College Chicago, Temporary Gallery - Chicago, IL




Found toys, mannequins, found clothing, old clothing, paint, wallpaper glue and corn starch.

Nuclear weapons with their overwhelming and indiscriminating powers of destruction presents a moral deficit that has existed since their conception. They offer no gray zones, not even white ones. Many scientist that worked on the development of these weapons later expressed regret for their contributions. However, the political and military establishment has not expressed such regrets, contrary they have used these weapons as means to political ends. These weapons should not be tools for strategic or tactical positioning, they should not be tools of politics, they are not toys, for the damage they could inflict and the human cost is too great.

As one follows the discussions on nuclear proliferation on the international scene, one sees that the dangers these weapons present are ignored, as the matter is reduced to a political power games and the discussion is further cheapened with the silly statements of who deserves to posses them or who's hands they need to be kept out of. While some countries are allowed to keep their current arsenal and others are not pressured to acknowledge the existence of theirs, some parties are considered ineligible to obtain them. This enhances the moral deficit by adding hypocrisy to the mix.

This installation piece titled 'This is Not A Toy' point to the childish nature of the current discourse on nuclear proliferation, while pointing to dangers it presents for the future generations. The boy and the girl are in cute, innocent outfits playing with toys. There are other toys sitting around offering them other options. This happy setting at first glance is offset when one notices the toys they are both playing with are scaled models of Little Boy*.

*Little Boy is the nick name of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.