Mark Neville, ‘Boy with Hoop in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya’, 2016, courtesy Mark Neville

Child’s Play brings together an exhibition of photographs, a symposium and a book by Mark Neville, an artist who works at the intersection of art and documentary. Launched at London’s The Foundling Museum in early February, the show aims to raise awareness and general debate around the complex nature of child’s play, and to advocate for improved provision for this universal right, as identified by the UN.

It will also question our fundamental understanding of play, forcing us to see its more subversive and aggressive elements, which are often overlooked. Ultimately Neville’s images reveal how, through play, children have the chance to claim a place of power, safety and freedom.

Immersing himself in communities from Port Glasgow to North London, and in the war zones of Afghanistan and Ukraine, the artist has captured beautiful moments of free, spontaneous play. The exhibition includes new photographs of internally displaced children in Ukraine; residents of Kakuma, Kenya’s second largest refugee camp; and depictions of children at play in London adventure playgrounds, all made especially for this project.

Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of Mark Neville

Main image: Mark Neville, ‘Boy with Hoop in Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya’, 2016, courtesy Mark Neville

Mark Neville, ‘Arts and Crafts at Somerford Grove Adventure Playground’, 2011, courtesy Mark Neville and Alan Cristea Gallery

Mark Neville, ‘Arts and Crafts at Somerford Grove Adventure Playground’, 2011, courtesy Mark Neville and Alan Cristea Gallery

Mark Neville, ‘Child, Jacket, Slaughtered Goat, Sweets, Painted Nails, Xmas Day, Helmand’, 2010, courtesy Mark Neville

Mark Neville, ‘Child, Jacket, Slaughtered Goat, Sweets, Painted Nails, Xmas Day, Helmand’, 2010, courtesy Mark Neville

‘The Jungle Book Rehearsals, Sewickley Academy’, 2012, courtesy Mark Neville

‘The Jungle Book Rehearsals, Sewickley Academy’, 2012, courtesy Mark Neville

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