This art project is called: "In a war someone has to die".
It is an on going project, which is being added to all the time.

To date the piece has 387 handkerchiefs - on each handkerchief people from
across the world have embroidered the text; "In a war someone has to die", in their own
54 countries are represented so far.
The handkerchiefs are shown as one big artwork – hanging beside each other - one united
voice. One voice across nationalities, politics, religions, and culture - commenting on war.

Not one particular war, but all wars.
In addition to the artwork, a list of the contributors nationalities is displayed.
The first impression is of a feminine art piece of embroidery and handkerchiefs.
However as you come closer you are confronted with the text and a message in many different
The impact of the work comes from the numerous individual expressions of the same theme and
a message gathered into a single strong unified art work.

Refugees, Facebook and the "domino effect"
I have been working for the last two years to collect the handkerchiefs, they are constantly being sent to me and the project continues to grow.
Every single handkerchief has its own unique story to tell.
Some of them are made by people that I have met in refugee camps and half-way
houses in Denmark, others have heard about the project through Facebook.
Every one is a work of art in itself.

The background for the sentence, choice of handkerchiefs and embroidery.
The quote: ¨In a war someone has to die", originates from a TV interview I saw with an
African mercenary. When he was asked if he was afraid of dying, he soberly replied; ¨
In a
war someone has to die¨.
The sentence is harsh and provocative, but none-the less an indisputable fact of war.
Handkerchiefs are used to absorb blood, sweat and tears. They are what we clutch while we are
waiting and we use them to wave goodbye.
Handkerchiefs are material objects with their own folds, lace, colors and patterns.
Handkerchiefs carry many human stories and much cultural history.
Embroidery is traditionally a female craft, a female occupation.
It has a rhythm and repetition - which we also find in wars.
By connecting embroidery and handkerchiefs with the
harsh text and the many stories, a strong piece appears which contrasts dynamically with the violent images of war we are constantly bombarded with in the media.

The following countries are represented;
Afghanistan, Africa/Swahili, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Burma/Myanmar, Canada, China, Croatia, Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, England, Faroe Islands, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, India/Hindi, India/Urdu, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kenya/Kikuya, Kenya/Meru, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nepal, Norway, Persian, Peru, Poland, Romania, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain/Catala, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, USA, Vietnam

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