In The Play Room by Jonathan Hobin

How kids are reacting to the media?! A lot of studies show that children are overcome by major current events and headlines of our time. In this ‘In The Playroom’ series by Canadian photographer Jonathan Hobin, utilizing only kids props, created a metaphor for the impossibility of a protective space safe from the reach of modern media.

Events such as 9/11, hurricane Katrina, the north Korean missiles, Princess Diana’s death and the Jonbenét Ramsey trials are represented here in a very disturbing way.

Hobin describes his series as:

“The quizzical disposition of youth and the pervasive nature of the media are symbolically represented in my images through tableau-vivant re-enactments of the very current events that adults might wish to keep out of their child’s world. Just as children make a game of pretending to be adults as a way to prepare and ultimately take on these roles in later life, so too do they explore things that they hear or see, whether or not they completely understand the magnitude of the event or the implications of their play.”

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