Men White Undershirt and
wooden poles sticks and undershirts
White Undershirts as a
Symbol of Passivity
When the American troops
entered Baghdad in the first week of April, 2003, during the
American invasion; the Iraqi people were in a quandary; they
didnít know how to react, or how they would manage their
daily life while the enemy tanks were in the streets. They
had to go outside to buy food and continue their regular
It was a big dilemma being face to face with the invaders.
In order to do that, they had to show that they succumbed
and would not attack the troops. To do so, some Iraqi people
used white clothes, white keffiyeh, white shmagh*, while the
majority used their undershirts to show passivity.
The installation consists of many white undershirts which
hang on wooden sticks, and they are flitting. Furthermore,
the long vertical expressionist paintings show Iraqi men
with neither undershirts nor Keffiyehs. Itís a reminiscence
of those scary and bitter days.