Red Land-Blue Land
Hatje Cantz Verlag
"Red Land-Blue Land" is a photographic study of the military training ground of Senne in Germany, a site which the documentary photographer Claudia Hils explored with his camera over the course of several years.
At first, the impression of nature unspoilt prevails, and the signs and traces of military use are slow to reveal themselves. Once sensitized, however, the eye discovers more and more details - cartridge cases, overgrown graves, outlines of ruined houses -, and the deeper the viewer enters into Claudio Hils' imagery, the more surreal it becomes: Human props, placed into provisional cardboard-and-wood backdrops designed to represent streets, realistic trenches, and tanks shot to pieces finally confirm that we are in the middle of a war scenario.
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