100 Years of War Casualties

Clara Kayser-Bril, Nicolas Kayser-Bril and Marion Kotlarski collaborated to create this innocuously named yet truly gruesome infographic called 100 years of world cuisine. The project aims to provide an image to the statistics of the deaths caused by wars:

Ten casualties. Ten million casualties. Our understanding of conflicts is often nothing more than a handful of digits, the more precise, the less meaningful. The anchor’s tone remains the same when talking about major wars or isolated outbursts of violence. The horror lays hidden beneath the rigidity of numbers. Figures give us knowledge, not meaning.

We wanted to put a picture on these digits. A shocking, gory picture, like the reality of war. We wanted to give context, like a scale on which we could visualize each conflict next to the others.

We’re not historians and our choices were, in part, left to our own judgement. It is obviously impossible to display all conflicts. It is also impossible to agree on when or where a conflict starts and ends. Focusing on the death toll should not take our minds away from those who survived through mutilation, exile or rape. This project remains artistic in scope and does not aim at scientificity. It sheds another light and, perhaps, restores meaning.

http://100yearsofworldcuisine.com/ - via fastcodesign

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