7–13 May Bachelors

Heidi Edström

Sweden, b. 1990
Exhibition: 7–13 May

a yellow flag (q)

The yellow flag was once a symbol of quarantine, marking the presence of a dangerous disease. But in our modern times, its meaning has come to change, to indicate the opposite; to signal My vessel is healthy and I request free pratique.

The yellow colour is often used to highlight the need for caution, as a warning for all kinds of physical hazards. But at the same time, yellow is also said to represent happiness, riches and warmth.

In my degree project, I have looked at this double-sided duality in relation to sickness and health: where the things that are supposed to be good or bad for you get mixed up and confused; where striving to maintain your good shape, find your inner balance and complete harmony is in the shadow of that ever-present fear of an invisible threat, hanging ominously in the air over your head.