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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