Heroes + Villains
Artist statement on the work:
Growing up, my grandfather made a game out of everything. He was the one that introduced me to comics and is the embodiment of the man who never grew up and whom I strive to be.

This collection of images is based around adults reconnecting with their childhood and remembering what it was like to pretend. As most people age that imagination gets lost somewhere in the shuffle of adult life. Stress takes over. The dreams shift from the fantastical to, for some, just getting by and making ends meet. I strive to bring that sense of wonder back to adults. I do so, taking into
consideration that not every boy growing up wanted to be Batman or Superman. Some wanted to be Wonder Woman.

With this work, I've given my subjects the chance to rediscover their childhood fantasies. In doing so, these people have become my heroes. At some point I started to believe I could never become the heroes of my childhood. I proved to myself with this series I was wrong to doubt that.

I encourage you to treat me as a hero or a villain based on my work. This show is a social test on the iconic status of these characters. These images do not ignore the past in social and art history but often embraces it in the context of the world today. This is my celebration of the idea the one can be anything or anyone they desire to be. If you imagine it, it can come to life.

-Philip Bonneau
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