A young Vietnamese man poses with a US soldier. The American is holding the remains of an amputated arm, removed to prevent the Vietnamese man from dying of an infected gunshot wound. In a gesture of gratitude to the American, the cleaned bone was offered as a keepsake. Unlike many who received similar war gifts, the US soldier eventually returned to Vietnam. This year the missing arm was finally reunited with its owner.
Jack Lovell currently lives and works in London. His practice explores the hidden complexity and materiality of the found photograph. The use of enigmatic staged photography invites the viewer to consider the space that exists inside a ‘simulated reality’. JL 2013