Casualties of War (2011) – Dorothy Art Collective


I’ve been a doing some more refined research today when I came across this startling pieces Casualties of War (2011) by the Dorothy Art Collective which responded to the “The hell of war comes home. In July 2009 Colorado Springs Gazette published a two-part series entitled “Casualties of War”. The articles focused on a single battalion based at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs who, since returning from duty in Iraq, had been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, drunk driving, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides. Returning soldiers were committing murder at a rate 20 times greater than other young American males.

A separate investigation into the high suicide rate among veterans published in the New York Times in October 2010 revealed that three times as many California veterans and active service members were dying soon after returning home than those being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. We hear very little about the personal hell soldiers live through after returning home”

The pieces are slightly larger than the 2.5″ figures you can generally play with, coming in at 7cm, however this makes up for the detail, the association with play is very strong, as young children would create wars at play they have no real concern for the real-life trauma of conflicts. This pieces raises awareness to the human cost of war when troops come home safely alive but not as they had once left.

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