WAR-TOYS: Fall 2012 Fundraiser

Campaign expired on Oct 6, 2012

In a matter of weeks, I’ll be returning to the Middle East to collaborate with both Israeli and Palestinian children.

The majority of associated costs have already been covered by a small group of very generous supporters. However, I need to raise an additional $4000 to hire local crew that will keep me safe and working efficiently.

Your tax-deductible and partially tax-deductible contributions will help ensure the success of the upcoming trip.

As a small token of gratitude, giving incentives are being offered for donations ranging from $10 to $525. I hope you'll take a moment to check them out.

Thank you again for all of your kind support and encouragement!

About War-Toys

The WAR-TOYS project seeks to explore war from the perspective of children living in its day-to-day reality. Because cognitive ability is often ahead of language development, children typically share their experiences and cope with associated feelings through indirect methods of communication, such as art and play. As a result, their personal accounts of war often go unseen, even when studying its affects. Through WAR-TOYS, I use a collaborative process to unlock and articulate children’s experiences, turning the language of play into serious dialog.

Employing principles of expressive art therapy, my process begins with observation and guided interaction with children under the care of humanitarian organizations operating in areas of active conflict. Specialized therapists conduct art-based interviews on my behalf, inviting children to draw pictures about their lives and experiences. The resulting illustrations serve as art direction and basis for photographic exploration.

Toy-surrogates are placed and posed in accordance to the children’s descriptions, integrated through forced perspective into the actual locations where described events occurred. Commentary is given on socioeconomic conditions through the use of locally acquired toys, seen against the conditions in which these children live. When possible and under the guidance of specialists, I invite the children to actively participate and use the photographic process as a form of therapeutic play. The resulting photographs provide an interpretive document of witnessed events and context for the children’s accounts.

Team Member Profiles

  • Sharon McCarty
    Oct 3, 2012
  • Juliann Falcey
    Oct 1, 2012
  • John Zanella
    Sep 23, 2012
  • Kathleen Sanfrey
    Sep 17, 2012
  • Jennifer McCarty-Finkel
    Sep 17, 2012
  • Lindsay Winterhalter
    Sep 16, 2012
  • Lili Chin
    Sep 16, 2012
  • mickey babcock
    Sep 14, 2012
  • Anonymous
    Sep 14, 2012
  • Anonymous
    Sep 12, 2012
  • bill purvis
    Sep 12, 2012
  • Dave Pressler
    Sep 12, 2012
  • gary kofinas
    Sep 12, 2012
  • Douglas Goldstein
    Sep 12, 2012
  • Shawn Smith
    Sep 12, 2012
  • todd elliott
    Sep 11, 2012
  • todd elliott
    Sep 11, 2012
  • Eric Eckstein
    Sep 6, 2012