This work is about being the helpless bystander to the ongoing destruction and re-building that seems to be the present fate of the Middle East. About the waste of time and energy that could have been used so much better to improve the conditions for the men, women and children who try live life in that part of the world.
It consists of two Gif’s and a painting. One of the Gif’s displays evenly 17 Middle Eastern flags – Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen – one flag is painted on top of the previous flag on a small canvas. On the left, the Gif shows the process of painting the 17 flags; in the middle, the other Gif illustrates the rapidity of destruction where all the paintwork is deconstructed until the fabric of the bare canvas is visible; and on the right the erased canvas.
© Marianne Casmose