What Remains

  April –
May 2008

Photograph from the exhibition “What Remains” held at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2008.

What Remains is an exhibition of film and photography examining the impact of cluster bombs on the lives of civilians in affected countries around the world.

Cluster bombs have been used as a military weapon in at least 30 countries and territories since 1943. Dropped from aircraft or fired from the ground, cluster bombs are designed to break open in mid-air and saturate a wide area with hundreds of explosive submunitions. Some, or even all of these will fail to detonate on impact, leaving huge quantities of small deadly bombs on the ground for years.

Alison Locke and Chris Anderson have travelled to affected regions to document the harm caused to civilians by these indiscriminate weapons. What Remains is a collection of stories told by people who are witnesses to suffering through injury and loss. The exhibition uses photographs and film to give voice to their experiences, which are mirrored and repeated throughout the decades of the use of cluster bombs.

What Remains is the testament of ordinary people sucked into war and its consequences by the brutal effects of these weapons.

Photograph from the exhibition "What Remains" held at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2008.

Photograph from the exhibition “What Remains” held at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2008.