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CORONA SOAP 2020

 

As a painter Airco created many canvases picturing unusual murder weapons, questioning murder, the ultimate taking away of someone’s freedom. And then, in 2020, a new killer appeared: covid-19. The whole world came to hold and corona creeped into everyone’s life. A new body of work emerged out of this situation, imaging hygiene, the Wash.Your.Hands. mantra, and the greed for ruling over the people by governments. In the exhibition new ‘war rugs’, oil paintings, and mini collages were on display. Colorful, ironic, hopeful.


POC got a 20% discount

During this pandemic, on May 25, 2020, a black man was killed by police brutality: George Floyd. This sparked massive Black Lives Matter protests around the world, demonstrating against racism and inequality. In support of this movement, all People of Color got a 20% discount in this exhibition.



200 rolls of toilet paper



War Rug Treatment

A certain president suggested to inject detergents and swallow hydrochloroquine as a treatment for the covid-19 virus. While we know that would make things worse. The USA had the most casualties and infections due to covid-19. Use garlic and don’t forget to buy extra toilet paper. Its a war out there.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2020, private collection



Striping on the floor measured the 1.5 meter social distance



War Rug Protection

War rugs were first woven when Russia occupied Afghanistan in the 80s, visualizing tanks, helicopters, hand grenades, kalashnikovs, etc. The distinctive characteristic of these rugs is their capacity to convey their makers’ experiences and interpretations of the circumstances and politics of war and conflict in the region. In corona times face masks, soap, gloves paper towels are the weapons.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2020



CARE & CONTROL




CARE I
Governments are so greedy to control the people: total control corona tracking apps,
huge fines, corona emergency laws, locking up the elderly. People are shaming others for not keeping
distance, even up to physical violence. Touch, no touch.
Oil on linen, 35 x 49” (90 x 125 cm), 2020




CARE II

Oil on linen, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2020



CARE III

oil on canvas, 14 x 17 inches (35 x 45 cm), 2020




CARE IV

oil on canvas, 17 x 14 inches (45 x 35 cm), 2020




CARE V

oil on canvas, 17 x 14 inches (45 x 35 cm), 2020




CARE VI

oil on linen, 14 x 12 inches (35 x 30 cm), 2020




CARE VII

oil on linen, 12 x 14 inches (30 x 35 cm), 2020




CARE VIII

oil on linen, 12 x 14 inches (30 x 35 cm), 2020




IT'S A PANDEMIC




  

 



It's a Pandemic

Gloves, gloves gloves

digital collage, acrylate, 2 x 2 x 1 inches (5 x 5 x 2,5 cm), 2020




 

 



It's a Pandemic

soap, whitening soap

digital collage, acrylate, 2 x 2 x 1 inches (5 x 5 x 2,5 cm), 2020





  

  


It's a Pandemic

soap, whitening soap, skin tones

digital collage, acrylate, 2 x 2 x 1 inches (5 x 5 x 2,5 cm), 2020




ACID SOAP, WHITENING, 2020

10x Whitening Power Snail White (GM), Zudaifu, Bumebime, Revitale (Made in England), Diana Skin Lightening, whitening brightening bleaching fairness Soap, Shouvy Kojic Acid Whitening Lightening Soap. 

Oil on linen, mounted on panel, 6 x 4 inches each (15 x 10 cm each)




June, 2020. L’Oréal, the cosmetics company said in a statement “The L’Oréal Group has decided to remove the words white/whitening, fair/fairness, light/lightening from all its skin evening products”, as global anti-racism protests continue. The announcement follows the decision by the Indian and Bangladeshi arms of Unilever to rename their locally marketed “Fair and Lovely” skin-lightening cream for the same reason.
Several companies have been criticised recently for skin-lightening products after the global rise of the Black Lives Matter movement after the US police killing of unarmed black man George Floyd.



IT'S A PANDEMIC BLACK & WHITE SERIES


Installation view: war rug, Corona Soap towels, dazzle print



War Rug Pandemic

The other pandemic is racism. Despite corona, many people, black and white together,
protested in the streets worldwide after George Floyd was killed by the police.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2020






 

  

 

 


It's a Pandemic

Gloves, soap, black & white

digital collage, acrylate, 2 x 2 x 1 inches (5 x 5 x 2,5 cm), 2020



QUARANTINE CUISINE


detail: printed fabric, fake finger, plastic bag



Quarantine Cuisine

Take away. The  mac and cheese image was also on view at the Drive By Gallery in LA, USA

assemblage, printed fabric (spaghetti by James Rosenquist and Elaine Sturtevant), oil on canvas, plastic bag, fake finger, 24 x 27 inches (60 x 70 cm), 2017-2020