‘I Died 22 Times’: War as a consumer good with photographer Rafael Heygster
04 April 2022 | 2:55 pm
To some people, war may be an abstraction that they only imagine happening elsewhere. Or perhaps it's something that they have experienced personally, either directly or indirectly. Either way, the concept of war extends far beyond the battlefield, appearing in computer or video games, at weapons trade fairs or in movies. In short, some argue it has become a consumer good much like any other. Photographer Rafael Heygster explores this theme in his photo exhibit "I Died 22 Times". He joined us for Perspective to tell us more.
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