In his project ‘Imagine’, Gunduz Aghayev altered iconic photos by drawing the little victims of tragedies in ways he would have liked to see them. He says we must try to make this world as perfect as the children, for children.
1. Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo (1993)
The photograph taken in Sudan, shows a poor girl emaciated and exhausted by hunger and thirst lying on the floor. The vulture waits for her death so that it can feed on her. The painter’s imagination paints a very happy picture of these enemies turned into friends. If only..!
2. Children in Vietnam
Taken during the Vietnam War in the 70s, this picture shows infants being carried away by soldiers. The painter’s imagination paints a superman carrying these children while Batman and Spiderman await! If only..!
3. Death of Aylan Kurdi
A Syrian refugee, the boy had drowned, along with his brother and mother, while trying to get from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos. This was said to be one of the few pictures which hit people in the heart and not the head. The painter’s imagination paints this dead boy alive, playing on the beach. If only..!
4. The Japanese boy in 1945
A Japanese boy standing at attention after having brought his dead younger brother to a cremation pyre in Secon World War II, 1945. The painter’s imagination paints a delightful bonding of two brothers on the beach. If only..!
5. Azerbaijani journalist’s son
Journalist Elmar Huseynov was killed in a conspired murder whose investigation is still in process. The painter’s imagination paints a liberal, happy picture of the father-son duo with pen and paper depicting his freedom of writing. If only..!
6. Child brides in Afghanistan
Tehani and Ghada are two little girls who have been married to these middle-aged men. Unfortunately, they are not the only ones. The painter’s imagination paints these girls playing in the farm with the men portrayed as nothing more than dummy scarecrows. If only..!
7. London homeless boy in World War II
This picture was taken in London back in 1940s during German attacks. The boy points at his bedroom which now lies in ruins. The painter’s imagination paints it as a fairy tale where he would point his friends towards Disneyland! If only..!
8. Vietnam War’s ‘Napalm Girl’
The picture of the burning girl of Vietnam caught wide-spread attention after its release in New York Times. Better known as The Girl in the Picture, Phan Thị Kim Phúc is shown as a nine-year-old running naked on a road after being severely burned on her back by a South Vietnamese napalm attack. The painter’s imagination paints it as a radiant, gleeful picture with children running holding kites and balloons in open air. The ‘controller’ or the soldiers are shown as helpless scare-crows. If only..!