In 1994, I travelled to the Middle East with my university professor and philosopher Ludo Abicht. On the mountain Abu Gnaim I took a picture of a sign that read: “Two Peoples, Two States, One Future”. The flags of Israel and Palestine were shown together in a peacefull harmony, joined by the sign of a firm hand shake. On the mountain lived a couple of Palestinian families with their children. A bit furhter, the bulldozers were waiting to do their work. It was the location were the settlement Har Homa would be build.
When I looked again at this picture ten years later, I realized that Har Homa had been succesfully built on this site. The Palestinians were gone.
By ripping apart the flags from both peoples and stitching them back together to create a mixed patchwork, and thus giving birth to a united flag, I wanted to repeat the peace message that I saw back then.
These flags are my interpretation of the situation in Israel today. Art cannot save the world. But it can invite people to think.