Bullet Maps

Cooper-Hewitt: Maps (Bullet Rug Series).

“Raúl Martínez gathers discarded bullet casings, weaving them by hand into shimmering rugs to tell idden stories. Each casing is marked with a manufacturer’s code and country of orign and can thus be used to track international arms trafficking routes, backdoor diplomacy, and secret military interventions, exposing the complex economics that underpin gun violence.

The first rug in the series, made of 9mm casings gathered in Guatemala, is stamped with marks from the United States, Russia, and Israel — the three main suppliers of weapons during the country’s civil war.”

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