Dead bodies on the street, photographed from a car. The maker of the photograph cannot be revealed. Victims are mostly kidnapped and then murdered. Bodies are thrown on the street as warning or terror. Some militias prohibit family members to pick up the dead bodies. Sometimes it proves be a booby trap.
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COSY by Jonathan Swain

16.02.10 | Sharla Mann

The Event
A single, large format photograph, taken of a group of postal workers, thanking
members of a knitting circle for the gift of a homemade cosy for their local pillar box.
A gesture of solidarity to celebrate the hidden industry of those who work at night.


This group photograph is the product of a guerilla collaboration between
Jonathan Swain, the knitting circle, autonomous postal workers and a lighting
crew. It was a special tea break for the postal workers. An acknowledgement of the
long history of the postal service and those who work in it, treasuring a threatened
form of communication.


The taking of the photograph, witnessed by a crowd of nightime revellers, is a
slice of irrational magic and humble warmth, the kind of thing that darkness induces.
Closer to fiction than fact. A very short, millisecond memorial. After all the attention,
the pillar box cosy was left in place, a prototype for a further, unexplained rash of
copycat, knitted cosy actions.

To view the press release related to this event, please follow this link.