Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Baldellou, Spain

Mikel Bastida’s ‘War Theatre‘ could be seen as an elaborate exhibition of LARPing images. However, it is a set of beautifully shot images in a modern landscape that transport the viewer back to World War II and the life of a photographer in that era.

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Utah Beach, France

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Utah Beach, France

Spanish artist Mikel Bastida‘s creative process saw him spend two years traveling across Western and Eastern Europe (even dropping in on Skegness) sourcing locations for this shots that seem eternally tranquil despite the gritty subject matter, and come together to portray an evocative and beautifully told story.‘War Theatre’ is the return from all the two years hard work.

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Tabernas, Spain

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Skegness, England

Bastida, enlisted the help of groups of re-enactors who performed several war episodes in both historical scenarios and fictitious battlefields.

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Serracanya, Spain

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Recogne, Belgium

The photographic series is a search for those fields that history has turned into literary landscapes. Scenarios made out of different representations of WWII – from films to vintage photographs – which turn into huge sets where recreation and simulation leaves exposed a collective imaginary.

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Paddock Wood, England

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Paddock Wood, England

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Nikolskoye, Russia

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Montsûrs, France

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Levisham, England

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Lahti, Finland

Mikel Castida - War Theatre - Baldellou, Spain