In The Playroom
May 9, 2011 11:24 PM Subscribe
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Canadian photographer Jonathan Hobin
's In the Playroom
series depicts children reenacting infamous tragedies, such as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Princess Diana's death, and the Jonestown massacre.
From Hobin: "In the Playroom is a metaphor for the impossibility of a protective space safe from the reach of modern media. The quizzical disposition of youth and the pervasive nature of the media are symbolically represented in my images through tableau-vivant re-enactments of the very current events that adults might wish to keep out of their child’s world. Just as children make a game of pretending to be adults as a way to prepare and ultimately take on these roles in later life, so too do they explore things that they hear or see, whether or not they completely understand the magnitude of the event or the implications of their play.
Though unveiled in fall 2010, the controversial project's use of children as models continues to raise eyebrows
. However, Hobin claims "the kids loved it. They had a blast!