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Edith Dekyndt | Belgium

One second of Silence, New York, 2008

Video - projection,
loop 18”29”

Courtesy of the artist

The work of Edith Dekynt deals more than anything else with the aesthetic act. Her research into phenomena is a search for a truth that exists in the invisible or nearly visible. In this way she approaches the infinite, absolute, and unreachable.[cold, dust, humidity, static electricity]. The invisible or nearly visible has a profound and mutable beauty that she seeks to uphold and make the viewer aware of.

In western culture, white is the colour of purity and virtue, of hope and honesty, while during wartime it is the colour of the defeated.

The first mention of the white flag as a symbol of surrender goes back to the Han Dynasty in China. The historian Cornelius Tacitus describes the use of a white flag signifying surrender during a battle that took place in 109 A.D. Prior to that time; Roman soldiers would lift their shields above their heads as a sign of surrender.

In the Middle Ages, white was a sign of surrender in Western Europe. Surrendering soldiers painted their hands in white, and so did prisoners of war and hostages.

In Buddhism, on the other hand, the colour white, and particularly a white flag, signify mourning.

After the capture of Kabul by the Taliban forces during the civil war in Afghanistan, the white flag was chosen as the flag of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, symbolizing the “purity of faith and government”. At a later stage, the inscription of the Shahada was added.