msdm a nomadic house-studio-gallery for photographic art and curatorial research, an expanded practice of the artist's book, photobook publishing and peer-to-peer collaboration created by contemporary artist paula roush

TITLE:Schist Paintball field
Author: paula roush
MEDIUM: accordion bookwork
PAGES: 16 folds
DIMENSIONS: 20 × 12 x 2 cm (closed); 182 cm unfolded
PAPER: Epson matt enhanced 190 gsm 
BINDING: accordion fold with wrap printed cloth cover  
splattered with yellow paintball gun 
PROCESS: Inkjet and toner
COLOUR: Black and white with yellow paint
TEXT: Paintball safety rules 
PUBLISHER: msdm publications
YEAR: 2022
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Paintball Field was made during a residency in the ‘schist’ mountain villages of Portugal. The area has become depopulated and is now being developed as a destination for tourists. The title of the work refers to a local recreation area where visiting families come with their children to play war games using guns firing balls of paint. The photographs conjure up a hunting scene in which a female figure wearing a cork mask – resembling those that were used by the original villagers during carnival – is being pursued. More than a simple ironic take on violence and war, the work draws on ethnographic connotations, evoking a dramatic encounter between the rural traditions of the past and present-day cultural practices


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