ashkan honarvar created the series ‘faces’ to explore the disturbing vision of fatal facial injuries by moulding and altering his models’ ‘wounds’
from brightly colored sweets such as candy and ice cream. each of the disfigured men have been decorated by the netherlands-based artist
with edible coloring, transforming a gruesome war disfiguration portrait into something of an unreal candyland or willy wonka-like nightmare.
beyond the unnerving use of cake frosting and sprinkles with vine candy to signify wounds inflicted upon the model’s face, throughout the surreal
photographic series honarvar has also manipulated portions of the sitters’ head in post production. in this way, the men’s unfeasibly mutilated faces
speak to the horrors of war and the modern human’s unfortunate familiarity with the jarring sight of those who have been caught up in violence.
instead, honarvar questions the issue of this imagery as common in society by developing a lightened or more digestible visualization through
his use of candy-formed gore.
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