Black Square


Ready made — 2011




Islamic headscarf




The Islamic headscarf is the most controversial and most discussed piece of fabric of our time. Depending on who you ask, the headscarf is a symbol of oppression, purity, patriarchy, protest, or self expression. Depending on where you are, women are either free, forced or forbidden to wear one. The headscarf shows us, in all its simplicity, the complexity of symbols. Pinned to the wall, this complex and ambiguous symbol turns into a neutral and colourless two dimensional piece of fabric: a black square.






Black Square at Thing NoThing — Van Abbemuseum













Making art





Credits
Black Square
by Yuri Veerman
2011

Satin Islamic headscarf
100 x 100 cm

Photos
Top: Sjoerd Knibbeler
Middle and bottom: Yuri Veerman


Exhibited
Van Abbe Museum, Thing NoThing
Design Miami/Basel
Sandberg Institute

Press
Design.nl