Koen de Vries
Gevonden gezichten

This is my first group portrait in which I have used the interaction between people as a subject. It has become a representation of how a group of American soldiers – read: young people from the countryside with little sophistication. Their ignorance of culture outside their own country becomes a tragedie when they have to bring democracy to an other culture. I show this in a Chaplinesk manner, as a comedy of ignorance where good “intentions” easily resolves into an act of barbarism.