home

the Manifesto

current events

CV of the Flag

stories

Making Waves

buy the Flag

Unda Foundation

ANBI

nederlands

vormvlag2b1a1

you can buy the Flag

FLAG OF COMPASSION

stories:

Amstelveen, December 5th, 2010

The ‘Flag of Compassion’ - an introductory notice

It is said that the ‘Flag is a means to express the general human feeling of compassion over and above politics, legal causes, religion, race and gender’ and that the ‘Flag of Compassion is a conceptual artwork that functions both within the field of the arts and in human society’ (source: www.flagofcompassion.com). The borders between the art world and human society are thin, as one nourish the other and the other way around. We may be artists, production assistants, art critics, curators, gallerists and, together, our human experience shape our understanding of the world and what we share with it. Human experience is made of good and bad times, of passions and quest for reason, of doubts and humor, thankfully, of love too. When someone stands with the Flag of Compassion for an exhibition or a performance, it is never due fully to what we call ‘chance’. There are many reasons to this act, because it is primarily an act of love. When someone decides to say ‘I love you’ in public through an object as much abstract from any social or political context as possible, it is an act of love, a human action to speak in terms of human beings to other human beings. When there are no words anymore to express the pain or the joy that are so often mixed up in the very same situation, then there has been the Flag of Compassion. It has been my experience as curator at Nieuwe Vide artspace, in Haarlem, when, in December 2009, I have expressed my human experience to the team that I have worked with for one year. It was a discret meeting to close a year of curatorship and there was no word that I could express but the words of Czech writer Milan Kundera, together with the Flag of Compassion.

Emilie Aude Oursel

Curator 2009 Nieuwe Vide artspace, Haarlem (NL)

vlagwater

2018 undafoundation

Linda Polman: Port-au-Prince's broad shoulder

Nickel van Duijvenboden: Moving intervention during...

Aimee Zito Lemo: The flag, the weapon

Carin Kampman: Stories full of (com)passion

Maurijn Rouwet: I defend...

Bert Goubitz: The siver mine in Potosi

Emilie Aude Oursel: An introductory notice

Monica Neomagus: Compassion Prize 2012

Yolanda Rommel: Why Compassion?

Christian van der Kaap: How to document a miracle?

Marjolein en Paul: Trouwaarden

Garry Robson: The Flag of Compassion at DaDaFest 2012

Julienne Straatman: Fragment of the speech

Rob van Tulder: Waving a corporate Flag of Compassion

Marlene van der Reiden: Amsterdam Cares

Elly en Jan Hoogteijling: one Flag of Compassion 2008 - 2014

Maaike Bouman: Education of the Heart

5 students Rietveld Academie: Van Abbemuseum goes Compassion

Lars Moratis: The essence of compassion

Renee Hartog: Nor yes nor no, we vote compassion

Masha Popova: The Flag of Compassion Travels to Russia

Iris Blaak: Yes? No? Compassion!

Bertil de Klyn: Compassion and flag

Vita Evangelista: All of us for Every 1

Marjolein en Fabiola: 180 Amsterdammers

Aldo Kempen: A present for my father

Matthias Thibaut: Yet another flag for the Queen

Varamitra: Saying farewell

Jan van Zanen: The city of Martin

Mark Avery: A symbol to rethink our values

Rob en Marij Scholten: Felicitaties aan de voedselbank