Out of the nothingness of night they tell
Our need of guns, our servitude to strife.
-Siegfried Sassoon

In the United States, where Rotman lives, weapons are pervasive and polarizing. For some, they represent freedom and hegemony, while for others, they mean damage and fear.

In this work, these efficient and utilitarian tools become vessels for both our aspirations and our fears. The finely detailed photographic studies strip the guns and bombs of rhetoric to expose the inherent tension in their being: that we have produced these things to kill ourselves.

Selected Media

2019 / Interview / Raw Matériel: in conversation with Jono Rotman / Emil McAvoy / Contemporary Hum
2017 / Radio Interview / Taking a Shot - Guns as Art / Radio New Zealand


2017 / Matériel / Gow Langsford / Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand

All work © Jono Rotman.