White Flag (Box), 2020
Hand-made white flag, laser print, vacuum bag, velcro tape, metal box with viewing window
The white flag is generally known as a symbol of surrender. In fact, it is much more: a universal symbol of ceasefire and willingness to negotiate. Whoever waves a white flag is unarmed and wants to solve a conflict without violence. For this reason, the white flag is protected under the laws of war as a sign of truce. However, the white fabric – which in this context could also be called “uncoloured” – also makes it into a non-symbol.
Similar to a fire extinguisher, the flag is available in a hallway or lobby, to be used freely in case of an emergency. Users are invited to take the flag so that it can achieve its designated purpose.