We think of the violence that plays out along ordinary streetscapes in places as far away as Mogadishu, Sarajevo, Beirut or Baghdad – or as nearby as the 30 Deep Gang in Atlanta. Child Soldiers.  – Art Papers

Aspiring soldiers and returning vets find commaraderie at massive paintball scenario games. Some vets use the games for prolonged exposure therapy in a self-administered attempt to heal from PTSD. In the spirit of Haron Faroki, Respawn mixes real footage of fake war with fake footage of real war.

Paintball merges with scenes from a VR game produced by the military to prepare soldiers for the shock of war.  We tour with a platoon in the Afghanistan, guided by a virtual mentor who teaches us how to cope with the horrors of war. Filmed over 5 years entirely from paintball fields, Respawn takes us across the country into spontaneous theatrical events that exists at the crossroads of abstraction, recruitment, training and recovery.

Burnaway “Dusseault’s Film About War Games Feb 10 AIFF” (2017)

Ruth Dusseault website > PROJECTS>  PLAY WAR to view photographic portfolio

Places Journal “Play War: Homemade Recreational Battlefields” (2014)

Journal Society of Architectural Historians “The Incomplete Illusion” (2013)

Atlanta Journal Constitution, “Play War Exhibit Puts Battlefield in New Light” (2008)

Burnaway Magazine, “Unpacking Utopias: The Work of Ruth Dusseault” (2016)