WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip is a catalog and companion piece for the same-titled exhibition, currently touring the US until 2022. This first volume of work from the ongoing series chronicles McCarty's collaborations over the course of two years with children affected by the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Working with humanitarian organizations including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the Israel Trauma Coalition, McCarty gathered children’s firsthand accounts in classrooms, community centers, clinical settings, and even bomb shelters.
Drawings that the boys and girls created are shown alongside the photographs they inspired, sometimes taken while fighting raged close-by. The resulting series provides powerful context for the children’s accounts while documenting the playthings available in each area. These cheap, plastic arsenals mirror what the children see everyday – in the news and on the streets.
The 80-page, fabric bound book signed by the author includes over 75 photographs and illustrations; an introduction in English, Arabic, and Hebrew; essays by renowned expressive therapy experts Dr. Judith Rubin and Dr. Julia Byers; and a narrative account of the production of the series.
Proceeds from the sale of the book help fund the continued production of the WAR-TOYS project.