The global arms race is often justified for peacekeeping reasons, yet the opposite is the case: the sheer existence of weapons is a threat of violence in itself and is a form of structural violence. Stephanie Hanna’s floor poster refers to a Persian carpet or an Afghan war carpet. Its central question »What is peace based on?« is translated into numerous languages and spun into a delicate pattern whose underlying motifs can only be recognized as weapon illustrations at a second glance.https://ngbk.de/en/show/322/stephanie-hanna-worauf-basiert-frieden
I have been collecting translations of the question “On what is peace based?”, and integrated them in a floor work for the upcoming exhibition “Up in Arms” by nGbK in Berlin.
The pattern of the “Peace Rug” is based on an image of an array of weapons I found in an online catalogue of a German arms manufacturer — accompanied by the words
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