Three photographs make up each panel and at first glance seem to have been cut from a single image. But minute misalignments and slight variations in scale reveal the body’s fragmentation. Tightly framed, the composite naked figures seem like they only just about fit within the confines of the white grid — just as this ageing, vulnerable body (and with a softness we more typically associate with female bodies) is somewhat difficult to square with our conception of the strong and powerful male archetype.
Indeed, Disrupting the Archetype is the first section’s title. Here we find images of Taliban fighters, discovered by Thomas Dworzak in the back rooms of Kandahar photo studios: against colourful backgrounds of hand-painted haloes and flowers, the soldiers pose, some holding hands, their eyes lined with black kohl.