Rini Hurkmans
Flag of Compassion Archive

Amsterdam Ferry Festival

May 12-31: Flag of Compassion is one of the thirteen artist flags waving on the ferries that cross the IJ river during the Amsterdam Ferry Festival. The edition called WHOmanity questions: What else can a flag be? Flags have always been a powerful means of communication. When a yellow and black flag is raised on a ship, a signal is given to the other ships that it is in quarantine for the coming 40 days. More often, flags represent (geo) political or social realities: they serve as an identifier that includes and excludes. During the last three weeks of the first corona lockdown, flags fly across the IJ as beacons of hope and reflection.