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In God We Trust


In God We Trust

1 / 25 limited edition

Taking a decommissioned AK-47 that has seen active service, as its subject, Bran first covers the AK with real dollar bills, then burnt with a flame suggesting dirt and fumes, a toxic fuel that powers this relationship. It is then collaged with the hand-cut detailing from the dollar bills.

Bran then cuts the magazine revealing the AK-47’s glass bullets filled with commodities, each commodity coming from an area of conflict where the AK-47 is also prevalent. This tactic fails to neutralize the weapon, instead, it seems to work to signal the potency and latent power of each commodity. There is also a strongly implied inter-relationship between commodity and gun, both sustaining and both compromising the other in a never-ending spiral. It asks the viewer to contemplate how closely bound one is to the other, and perhaps by extension how closely we might be implicated.

Bullet Fillings:

  1. Opium poppy seeds (brought back from Afghanistan)
  2. Oil
  3. Cocaine
  4. Blood
  5. Religious symbols
  6. Earth
  7. Diamonds (Swarovski crystals)
  8. Gold
  9. Bullet with “your name” on it
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