The Executioners
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The Executioners
1989, 32 x 40 cm
the original photo

The boy was photographed at the corner of William Street (most of which I think no longer exists),where the Bogside meets the city, a few hours after hunger striker Patsy O'Hara's funeral. He was searching for stones to throw and hadn't yet seen the police landrovers which are screaming around the back trying to trap the 'rioters' between their lines. I was playing with a lot of cowboy and injun imagery at the time, consciously mining it for the political undercurrent, noble / disposable savage stuff

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