by Milagros de la Torre*
Bulletproof is a photographic series completed in 2008 by Peruvian-born and New York-based conceptual photographer Milagros de la Torre. The photographs—at once innocuous and foreboding—soberly document innovations in bulletproof clothing. Printed on soft cotton paper, the photographs display the relatively lightweight and flexible everyday designs initially developed for heads of state and now donned alike by ordinary citizens in crime-stricken cities worldwide. Suspended in vacant white spaces, the garments could have been plucked from any closet—only the title of the series indicates something is awry. Bulletproof signals the growing militarization of everyday culture—a global culture increasingly shaped by fear and the constant threat of violence. —Interventions
*Milagros de la Torre is a conceptual photographer based in New York City.