Tuesday, February 24, 2009
2006- ongoing collection-not yet exhibited
Eye pleasing objects assembled and reassembled by material collected from sporting and play activities that resemble anti personal mine-like objects,
Colourfull and eye pleasing rotating 3 D animations from anti personal landmines to be exhibited on various small LCD screens
Land mines are controversial because they remain dangerous after the conflict in which they were deployed, killing and injuring civilians and rendering land impassable and unusable for decades. As of 2007, a total of 158 nations have agreed to a banning treaty.
Thirty-seven countries have not agreed to the ban, including China, Finland, India, Israel, Morocco, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and the United States. Finland remains the only country in the European Union (EU) that did not want sign, ratify or accede to the Mine Ban Treaty.
The President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) responded to the news of this delay with an editorial in a Finnish weekly magazine, appealing to the government to accept the conscience of humanity because, “When States anywhere in the world remain outside of this norm, they provide a justification for the continued use of anti-personnel mines everywhere.”The international community clears approximately 100,000 land mines each year. During the same period between 2 and 5 million new land mines are laid. Land-mine proliferation thus adds each year two or more decades to the1100 years that would already be necessary of having all these land mines to be cleared at the current state.
Land mines are in reality a weapon of mass destruction, in slow motion, because they indiscriminately kill or maim massive numbers of human beings over a long period of time. Some of the largest numbers lie in wait in Africa and Asia. Virtually all combatants use land mines. The countries most devastated by land-mines are probably Afghanistan, Angola and Cambodia and Afghanistan that have an estimated 10-15 million mines in place, -dangerously are also the about 1 million mines along the Iraq-Kuwait border and around the Iraqi city of Basra. Which the US and its allies have laid.
Land mines cause enormous pain and suffering. It is clear that many of these have been randomly scattered in inhabited areas precisely to cause civilian casualties and terrorize the population. Adults caught in the blast of an anti-personnel mine often survive with treatment, though they usually lose a limb. Children are less likely to survive because their bodies are so vulnerable. There are basically two types of land mines: anti-tank and anti-personnel. The most dangerous to children are the anti-personnel mines that explode even under the gentle pressure of a child's hand or foot. These come in a bewildering array of shapes and colors that can seem an interesting discovery for a curious child. One of the most infamous is the 'butterfly' mine, designed to float to the ground from helicopters without exploding, but with a shape and color that also make it a deadly toy.