THE SANCTUARY CHURCH - BRYAN ANSELM
Exhibitions, 5 - 31 August 2019
HIN BUS DEPOT
31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 George Town,Penang
Nestled in the hills of rural Pennsylvania lies The Sanctuary Church and Rod of Iron Ministries. Founded by Hyung Jin “Sean” Moon, whose father Sun Myung Moon founded the Unification movement, the church incorporates AR-15 assault rifles and military training into their worship. The church believes the Book of Revelation’s reference to Christ ruling his earthly kingdom “with a rod of iron” is a Biblical endorsement toward the ownership of a gun, particularly semi-automatic rifles. With a worldwide following, hundreds travel every year to the church with their rifles to greet Pastor Sean, their “Second King” and “True Holy Father,” while reading from “The Constitution of the United States of Cheon Il Guk.” Sean also produces a daily alt-right YouTube podcast titled "The King's Report," in the style of Alex Jones’ “Info Wars,” to share church doctrine and gun safety tips while simultaneously criticising political opponents. This body of work is a microcosm of an issue that’s perverting the West. These ideologies have been present in the fringes modern American culture but until recently have been unseen in the mainstream.
Bryan Anselm is a photographer based in New York, contributing regularly to The New York Times and Time Magazine. He is represented by Redux Pictures. Before New York, Bryan spent time living in the American South, Europe and East Africa, covering the Boko Haram’s effects on the Lake Chad region (2016), Rwandan Tutsi rape victims by French Foreign Legion soldiers (2012), the Somali famine and refugee crisis (2011) and the rehabilitation of former Ugandan LRA child soldiers (2010). For the past three years, he has covered the effects of climate change on small communities throughout the East and Gulf Coasts of the United States. He worked on ProPublica’s ‘The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth’ project which was a finalist for a team Pulitzer Prize (2018).
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