accordion-folded book printed on stiff cardboard in black and white; photos of men-most with weapons; text scratched onto pages; some red text highlighting

© Stephen Dupont

Raskols, 2004

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Stephen Dupont is an internationally acclaimed, award-wining Australian photojournalist, and filmmaker whose work centers on global changes caused by war, violence, and other social and cultural upheavals. Dupont's self-published artist's book Raskols documents Papua New Guinean youth in crisis-men and boys who have turned to crime, violence, and anarchy in a bid to survive within a gang-dominated urban social order. In 2004, Dupont befriended members of a raskol (gang) in order to document the individuals behind the facelessness of gang warfare. His compelling book offers an extensive series of portraits of members of the Kips Kaboni (Red Devils), the largest and oldest of the numerous street gangs active in the capital city of Port Moresby. Using a Polaroid instant camera, Dupont photographed gang members as they chose to be seen. His images are at once mesmerizing and unsettling, particularly from the perspective of outsiders, who may at first see only the spectacle of gang members posing as armed and dangerous "criminal heroes." To counter such self-glorification, Dupont inserts brief hand-written texts citing Port Moresby's annual crime statistics, a potent reminder of the human cost of violence.

Details
Title
Raskols
Artist Life
n, born 1967
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2007.7.1
Provenance
The artist; (Booklyn Artists Alliance, New York); sold to MIA, 2007.
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accordion-folded book printed on stiff cardboard in black and white; photos of men-most with weapons; text scratched onto pages; some red text highlighting

© Stephen Dupont

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