The Bones of War
Bone Art by Francois Robert: Stop the Violence
Human bones, any bones, are signifiers of death, decay- in more poetic terms- the ephemerality of life.
Photographer Francois Robert uses the powerful symbolism that accompanies human bones to create ‘Stop the Violence’ – an eerie but important series of photographs that juxtaposes bones and iconic words/symbols that in some way or another have generated deaths and violence (i.e wars, rifles, handguns, 9/11, knives, the KKK,etc)
In my photographs, I use the human skeleton as the formal visual element, the subject of the image. In this manner, the skeleton is both the protagonist and antagonist (the Buddhist notion about, “the duality of man” seems apt).
For each photograph, the artists dissembles and rearranges the bones in order to reconfigure the elements to form what you see here.
I intend the images to plant the notion of restraint and charity in an effort to promote peace and tolerance.
This incredible Bone Art by Francois Robert displays the iconography of both weapons and religion, the tools used in war and the common themes that divide the enemies. Robert’s collection of bone art, titled “Stop the Violence”, uses human bones to recreate guns, grenades, knives and tanks as well as the symbols of the major Western religions. The images are stunning, white bone on a black background with striking detail. Ribs, hands, shoulder blades and vertebrae are aligned to create visuals that are unmistakeably familiar. Francois Robert’s art is at once beautiful and horrifying, a telling collection of art. [francois robert
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