Simon Brann Thorpe - Photographs London Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Phillips
  • Literature

    S. B. Thorpe, Toy Soldiers, Dewi Lewis, 2015, pp. 14-15

  • Catalogue Essay

    Simon Brann Thorpe’s seemingly endless procession of real soldiers – posed as toy soldiers – was taken in Lem Tailene, an area within the isolated and hauntingly beautiful territory known as Liberated Western Sahara. At the heart of Toy Soldiers is the unique collaboration between Thorpe and a military commander in the Western Saharan liberation movement. An allegory of modern warfare, Toy Soldiers explores the notion of war games and the dehumanising effects of war. Thorpe pushes the boundaries of documentary photography and presents us with a reality re-constructed.



Lem Tailene from Toy Soldiers

Chromogenic print, flush-mounted.
106.5 x 149.5 cm (41 7/8 x 58 7/8 in.) Overall 113.5 x 157.5 cm (44 5/8 x 62 in.)
Signed, titled, dated and numbered 1/1 in pencil on an artist's label affixed to the reverse of the frame.

This work is number 1 from the edition of 1 and is unique in this size.

£4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for £3,750

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London Auction 6 November 2015 2pm