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History interrupted by an AK47

— July 2013

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Carl McCrow, Screaming Zebra - a decommissioned AK47, of Russian origin, removed from DR Congo

Artist Carl McCrow's collection, ‘History Interrupted’, is exhibiting at Gallery@Oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, South Bank, London, from Wednesday 10, to Sunday 14 July.

McCrow decommissions and transforms AK47 guns into statement pieces that comment on the real price of munitions. He was inspired by a close friend who lost both legs and an arm in an explosion, while on tour with the British Army, in Afghanistan.

Each weapon represents the anonymous human tragedies wrought by one object, telling stories of the people affected by them and changing lives of those who live and work in areas of current and past conflict. Now, barcoded, plated in gold, portraited and juxtaposed symbolically, they are used by McCrow as a symbol of disarmament – one gun at a time.

The exhibition is free and open to the public from 11a.m. to 6p.m. daily. See Carl McCrow's website.

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