HOLOGRAMS FROM SYRIA uses Microsoft Hololens to alter a viewer's surroundings, bringing the grisly carnage of the ongoing Syrian civil war into a familiar context. The latest iteration of Holograms from Syria was on view at Bennington College in Vermont, where ghostly apparitions of Syrian victims and assailants invaded the campus' Visual and Performing Arts Center.
The body of Alan Kurdi, the Kurdish child found washed up on a Turkish beach, appears on a red couch. An armed soldier climbs the steps of the building, scarily reminiscent of a school shooter on his way to commit an act of violence. Re-contextualizing these images in distant lands and in spaces deemed safe by viewers unmasks their innate horror. The effect is a sense of guilt, causing the viewer to re-evaluate their position as a global citizen once they realize that lack of immediacy shouldn't be synonymous with a lack of action or empathy.