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18 February, 2019
A businessman locks away a pair of anti-tank grenade launchers at the end of an exhibition day, at the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
IDEX is the biggest defense exhibition and conference in the Middle East, and one of the biggest arms trade-fairs in the world. No official attendance figures are released, but according to UAE state media, the event was expected to draw 1,200 global defense specialists, 1,235 exhibitors and more than 105,000 visitors. Attendees include defense ministers, military chiefs of staff and key government decision-makers, who interact in conference halls, social events and back-office meetings. War is staged in an artificial environment where mannequins and screen images take the place of real people, and with outdoor demonstrations and daily choreographed battle displays on water.
Based in Berlin, Nikita Teryoshin was raised in St. Petersburg, Russia and then moved to Dortmund, Germany where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Photography. He describes his work as street, documentary and everyday horror.
Teryoshin graduated with his first long term project ‘Hornless Heritage’ (2014 - 2019) focused on the matrix-like world of the german dairy cow industry.
Between 2016 and 2020, he visited 14 Defence Fairs in 13 countries on 5 continents for insight into the global arms trade for his story, ‘Nothing Personal - the backoffice of war’. This work was supported by the VG Bildkunst and a PH Museum Grant.
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