Over Trifles


Visual narratives of everyday objects reveal chilling tales of violence. Innocuous items conceal dark truths, prompting introspection into the complexities of human nature.

Medium: Publication
Size: 210 mm x 297 mm

Over Trifles

Archive/  Editorial Design/ Art And Society/ Emotive Art/ Artistic Narratives

Act 01 

A recent United Nations report sheds light on a disturbing reality: nearly 500,000 people fall victim to murder annually, with many of these tragedies unfolding in the most ordinary of settings.

The revelation that commonplace items can transform into instruments of violence underscores the unsettling depths of human darkness. Motivated by this realization, I embarked on a mission to document 30 real-life cases where everyday objects served as tools of homicide. These cases, meticulously compiled into a dossier, masquerade as a conventional item introduction book upon first glance. However, within its pages lie the harrowing narratives of brutality and despair, inviting readers to confront the grim realities that lurk beneath the surface of our daily lives.

- The 30 case-file documents

Act 02

One such tale, recounted in a recent news report, recounts the heart-wrenching account of a mother who tragically suffocated her own child by blocking her mouth. This sobering incident serves as a stark reminder of the dual nature of humanity, where seemingly innocuous objects like a loaf of bread can be wielded as lethal weapons by malevolent hands.

Through this collection of curated archives, I aim to peel back the layers of societal veneer and expose the darker recesses of human behavior. By delving into the unsettling narratives concealed within these pages, readers are challenged to confront the complexities of our collective psyche and reckon with the sobering truth that lurks within.

2018 by Zhicheng Yi