Bran Symondson

Bran Symondson

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"Everyone knows the AK-47 and I thought, wouldn't it be great to take this iconic weapon and turn it into a thing of intrigue and art, rather than one of fear."

Bran Symondson

His works rest on one simple premise: transform an object of fear and hate into one of beauty and intrigue.

Bran Symondson is a conceptual artist and photographer who is considered to be one of the finest reportage photographers in the world. He is perhaps best known for his one-off installations of AK-47 assault rifles masterfully embellished with dollar bills, iconography & butterflies. The inspiration came from his experiences whilst serving in the Special Forces in the war in Afghanistan. "That's when I came up with the idea to use the AK-47," he says. "We were surrounded by them and a lot of the Afghans used to decorate them with roses and stickers." His works rest on one simple premise: transform an object of fear and hate into one of beauty and intrigue.

Bran Symondson is a conceptual artist and photographer who is considered to be one of the finest reportage photographers in the world. He is perhaps best known for his one-off installations of AK-47 assault rifles masterfully embellished with dollar bills, iconography & butterflies. The inspiration came from his experiences whilst serving in the Special Forces in the war in Afghanistan. "That's when I came up with the idea to use the AK-47," he says. "We were surrounded by them and a lot of the Afghans used to decorate them with roses and stickers." His works rest on one simple premise: transform an object of fear and hate into one of beauty and intrigue.

Symondson views the dollar as an iconic product with its ability to evoke a variety of emotions and influence behaviour, much the same as the assault rifle.  In his work 'Deuces' he swathes the AK-47 with American $2 bills, challenging the viewer to consider the similarity in how each is used to affect people's lives.

In 2012 to coincide with Peace Day he asked 23 artists including Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Sam Taylor-Wood, Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, Antony Gormley and the Chapman brothers to collaborate in his 'AKA Peace' exhibition. Each artist was asked to reinterpret decommissioned AK-47 assault rifles as a weapon of peace. "You give a stick to a boy and he'll make it into a gun", he said. "I don't think [this project] glamourises [the weapon], I think it gets the message across that it can be used for something else." The exhibition was a complete sellout.

His work is highly acclaimed: in 2011 he won the Amnesty International Media Award and his pieces are collected internationally. His client list ranges from the highly-acclaimed artist Jake Chapman through to Elton John and HRH Prince Khalifa of Bahrain.

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