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war rugs

WAR RUGS



War rugs were first woven when Russia occupied Afghanistan in the eighties, 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 the corona pandemic in 2020, face masks, soap, gloves, paper towels are the weapons. Three war rugs were created as a part of the 'Corona Soap 2020' exhibition. So use soap, disinfect, wash your hands, keep social distance, stay home, stay safe.


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LOOK AGAIN




War Rug Look Again, 2021

Collage of paintings inspired by multimillion-dollar pieces by Modigliani, Matisse and Picasso, with their naked - angry - models. Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 60 x 80 inches (150 x 200 cm), edition 2 + 1 A.P. 2021, 1/1 private collection.

Look Again, 2022, 50 x 60 inches (120 x 150 cm), edition 2 + 1 A.P. 1/1 private collection.

Do women have to be naked to get the highest price? ‘Record auction at Christie’s’, ‘Most expensive ever..’, ‘What sold at Art Basel?’. Naked women, painted by male artis ts, are sold for huge amounts of money, like a nude by Modigliani, Nu Couché, $172.6 million. The highest price ever paid for a female artist (Georgia O’Keeffe, $44.4 million), is not even 10% of the most expensive painting ever (Salvator Mundi by Leonardo da Vinci, $450.3 million). And this is still happening today. Most expensive living artist: Jeff Koons, $91 million, and most expensive female artist is only $11.4 million: Jenny Saville. So 30 years after the Guerrilla Girls already asked in 1989: ‘Do Women Have To Be Naked To Get Into the Met. Museum?’, the answer is still yes. There’s no equality between men and women, there’s no equality in art. We have to smash the patriarchy.



Look Again
Microfibre cloth, to make you look even better, 15 x 18 cm, 2021
Picasso - Matisse - Modigliani



Studio Seine, Rotterdam, group show Let's get political, co-curated by Joyce Overheul (artworks on the right: Joyce Overheul)


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War Rug The End

Time to end racism and time to stop saying that in covert terms.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2021


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PROJECT 50-50 LADY JUSTICE



Tyna Adebowale, Xee #shecalledmewoman

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2021




Dana  Variano, Free Your Gender

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2021


For the exhibition 50-50 Lady Justice female artists were invited to choose a male artist as a partner. I thought that 50/50 was too binary, so I asked the brilliant non-binary artist, Dana Variano @felttipfeelings from LA and also gave my own spot to a second non-binary artist, the amazing Tyna Adebowale @tyna_adebowale from Amsterdam to create more inclusivity. So in this show there was no Airco Caravan but instead these two amazing artists who both made a ‘war rug’.


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WHITENESS WAR RUGS 



Washing Mr. White

Questioning white privilege. 

War rugs, folded wall tapestries, 100% cotton, 60 x 80 inches (150 x 200 cm), 2021

Whitewashing 23 x 27 x 10 inches (60 x 70 x 25 cm) 

Mr. White Ultimate Whiteness 13 x 21 x 3 inches (35 x 54 x 7 cm)




Whiteness Boosters

Woven, 100% cotton, clothes hanger, 20 x 27 inches (50 x 70 cm), 2021



War Rug Mayonnaise

From the series Temporal Space and Mayonnaise 

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 60 x 80 inches (150 x 200 cm), 2021




War Rug Mayonnaise Brown

From the series Temporal Space and Mayonnaise 

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 60 x 80 inches (150 x 200 cm), 2021



War Rug Corona Protection

In the covid-19 pandemic, face masks, soap, gloves paper towels are the weapons.

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



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. It's a war out there.

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




Get your personal unique War Rug

with 8-10 of your own objects: €2,700 (POC get a 20% discount).

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War Rug Pandemic

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

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

View the CORONA SOAP 2020 solo show on this page


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Allahu Akbar

War rug: collage of 10 paintings from the series 'Weapon: Other', unusual murder weapons. War rugs were first woven when Russia occupied Afghanistan in the eighties, visualising 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. Collage of 8 unusual murder weapons from the 'Weapon: Other' series.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 60 x 80 inches (150 x 200 cm), 2017, private collection


Censored

In a group show in 2019 this wall tapestry was censored. A Marrocan-Dutch postman considered it offensive. Why he thought so, is unknown, I got no chance to talk to him, he didn't know the background of this series. I had to remove it immediately. Art critic Joyce Roodnat who visited the show wrote a column about it:

> 'Allahu Akbar'... Oh My God! (Dutch)

> Article on Artsy about War rugs


- before - The left war rug had to be removed, Popinnart, Loods 6, 2019

- after - This is an artist's silent protest after censorship



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OMG - Oh My God

War rug: collage of 7 paintings from the series 'Weapon: Other', unusual murder weapons.


Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 60 x 80 inches (150 x 200 cm), 2017



IJssel Biennial, Netherlands, June - September 2017. The war rugs, the male/female diptych, were on view for 4 months.


fuck


FUCK

War rug: collage of 9 paintings from the series 'Weapon: Other', unusual murder weapons.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 60 x 80 inches (150 x 200 cm), 2017, private collection


Popinnart, Amsterdam, 2019




fart air


Fart Air

Art rug: collage of 8 paintings from the series Weapon: Other & Associates. Art fairs have a double feeling for me; seeing great art is very inspiring, but the other side has a lot of hot air to it.
So this art rug is also a bit of a war rug, displaying some of my heroes.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 60 x 80 inches (150 x 200 cm), 2017





War Rug DIY

War rug: collage of paintings from the series 'Weapon: Other', unusual murder weapons.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2017


Installation with toaster, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, 2017





War Rug Coffee Time

War rug: collage of paintings from the series 'Weapon: Other', unusual murder weapons.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2017, private collection


> Column in NRC national Newspaper about the 'Weapon: Other' tapestry 2018/06/14




War Rug Dirty Laundry

War rug: collage of paintings from the series 'Weapon: Other', unusual murder weapons.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2017, private collection


War Rug Dirty Laundry on the wall of the owner.




War Rug Vacuum

War rug: collage of paintings from the series 'Weapon: Other', unusual murder weapons.

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2017


Popinnart, old cinema, Amsterdam, 2018




Not Suitable

As a response to the growing intolerance in the world and in the art world I made this tapestries, based on a sign in MoMA, New York. Apparently today visitors have to be warned if there’s any possibly inconvenient images like nudity…. I mean, really. You’re in a museum, what do you expect!

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2017




Disturbing

This sign was also in MoMA. There was some imagery of naked kids. Is this really a threat to innocent child's eyes? Or are all grown ups latent pedofiles? Maybe we are overreacting a little bit?

Wall tapestry, 100% cotton, 50 x 60 inches (125 x 150 cm), 2017


Popinnart, Loods 6, Amsterdam, 2019