What was perhaps most chilling about the Chechen terrorists was that they used women from the start. The first Chechen suicide bombers were two young women who drove an explosive laden truck into their target. Half of the hostage takers in Moscow were women dressed in long black Salafi style robes with bomb belts strapped to their waists--they were seen by journalist as women in mourning clothes
Everyone here plays a game of I spy when they are out and about. The idea is that you are trying to work out which of the 200,000 Toyota Corollas in front of you is loaded with fertilizer and ball bearings. It's not quite like the version of the game you played with your parents when stuck on the M6 trying to holiday in the lakes.
In 2009, whilst on an artist's residency in Shanghai, a friend persuaded two soldiers at an army firing range to shoot a few sheets of paint for me. The intention had been to gather some texture with geopolitical references. The resulting bullet holes were spectacular and unmistakeable flower like shatters, their beautiful forms denying the physical reality of their making.