ABC Flags

From the series of the ABC Flags, ink on paper, 23 x 23 cm, 2013 From the series of the ABC Flags, ink on paper, 23 x 23 cm, 2013 From the series of the ABC Flags, ink on paper, 23 x 23 cm, 2013 From the series of the ABC Flags, ink on paper, 23 x 23 cm, 2013 From the series of the ABC Flags, ink on paper, 23 x 23 cm, 2013 From the series of the ABC Flags, ink on paper, 23 x 23 cm, 2013 From the series of the ABC Flags, ink on paper, 23 x 23 cm, 2013 From the series of the ABC Flags, ink on paper, 23 x 23 cm, 2013

ABC Flags

Silkscreen on canvas, printed the both sides, 185 x 120 cm, 2013-2014

ABC Flags are composed of three different alphabets printed on a red flag. All these alphabets are used to write Kurdish. Kurdish still does not have unified writing system (actually has, but it is only used by linguistics) for their language. The modified Arab alphabet (so called Sorani alphabet) are used to write Kurdish in Iran, Iraq and Syria, the modified Cyrillic alphabets in the former Soviet states and Latin alphabets in Turkey.

Kurds are not allowed to publish or teach in their language in Iran. Syria is in chaos. Turkey has a long history of discriminating their Kurdish minority. Lately the situation has changed a bit better. In many former Soviet states, teaching and publishing in Kurdish have been tolerated, but for example in Georgia, they are not any more publishing ABC books for elementary schools: Kurds are under the heavy integration process by the dominant culture. The Kurdsí status is the best in Kirkuk Autonomy at the moment.

In this work of art, the status of Kurds is used as a metaphor for any kind of culture or individuals, who are in danger to become integrated to major culture. The red flag is usually associated with the revolution or emancipatory demands. Instead of slogans there is the alphabet with exemplary images and words printed from the first grade ABC book. Every child, the future of culture and society, has a right for his or her culture and thus to his or her language and history.