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Revised Edition: The flag is the symbol of national pride. We hug, wear or burn the flag on occasions which reflect national importance. They give colour and reflect, in their use, diversity. Though most flag are of many colours, they do rest on spaces of black and white – contrast colours. Both are shades of non-existent colours. They are the extremes, which function as cornerstones in the way we use our language.


For example, they define what is and what is not of colour. Because they define the framework of language, they define the way we do. They implicate the space between, the negative space – the things they are not. Though more than often we miscategorise them and use them as colours to, for example, express racial differences. In that sense, we use words which implicate something that doesn’t exist: nobody is black, nor white. Therefore, they intensify the meaning of discriminative language without proper foundation. In this work, we cut out all the black and white spaces in a few flags.


We wanted to show that precisely colours are of importance, not non-colours as black and white. By hoisting them on a flagpole we celebrated this new kind of flag. The emptiness that emerged by the cut-outs was filled with clouds, greyish clouds, which firstly symbolise a shade in between of black and white and secondly show the endless possibilities of a wide and open sky.


This work was made at the Springhouse, Amsterdam during The One Day Collective in collaboration with Eline Michelle Janssen.