For Our Love Of War
Mark Cator’s current work, For Our Love Of War, explores the child like representation of war, the child held hostage to a militarisation of perception, and the youthful affectations of structural violence.
Cator identifies with a collective fascination of war that he sees as being divorced from its reality. In his eyes war is seen as heroic, glamourous, a vast arena of entertainment and political hitch hiking. He suggests that society is corralled into a love of war, existing in a state where those who present war have learnt to love war, post adolescent men seeking transcendence love war, political leaders love war with all its classical adornment of youth and its purveyance of international gravitas, the military love war, it’s what they do, and then there are many who love a good war film, computerised interactive war game, war mag, war porn, or the soft touch of war tourism.
Cator argues that all of this relies on the disparity between the signifier and the signified and an unquestioned blurring of reality between the child’s world and the adult’s world, where each is parodying the other. His work focuses on the overlap between these two points of perception and how war inhabits a perpetual space, engulfing both the world of the child and that of the adult.
"Photography is a tool to negotiate our idea of reality. Thus it is the responsibility of photographers to not contribute with anaesthetic images but rather to provide images that shake consciousness." - Joan Fontcuberta
For Our Love Of War, is an ongoing project begun in 2004. There have been three exhibitions to date, Spoon & Fork in 2008, The Aesthetics of Disappearance in 2014 and Rescription in 2018.
UtterBooks is planning a major exhibition of For Our Love Of War in November 2019.
Portraits Along The River Bure
I took these portraits in the 1990's for the book Marshland. Nearly 25 years on and I'm interested to see what our connection with the land is today, through a new body of portraits from the same area. - Mark Cator
All About Me
"All About Me is conceived in seven chapters of growing up. There's no exacting chronology and the first 'chapter', Watching Bumble Bees And Counting Stones, is scattered around the concatenation of other nations erupting in a real time world. I watched the lives of my children with their freedom to live, alongside the daily plundering of the lives of distant children. As they foraged the perimeters of their tiny world I watched on tv the slaughter of innocents in far off places. The visual paradigm of watching bumble bees and counting stones was ever present". Mark Cator
"It's good to wander, a singular event of automata, differential observation or short takes. These series of photographs are an ongoing project picking up from somewhere I wasn't expecting". - Mark Cator