collection

Civilian Defense

  • 2007
  • Dan Peterman
  • textile, sand
  • ø ca. 6m
  • Location VAM, B2, 06, 00
  • Acquired in 2008
  • Inventory number 2921
  • met steun van / with support of the BankGiro Loterij

The Van Abbemuseum Collection consists of over 2800 artworks. We publish texts and images on an ongoing basis, but this record is currently in the process of being documented.

If you need specific information on this work or artist, remember that the Van Abbemuseum Library is at your disposal, or feel free to write to the library.

Description

The ancient circular shape of 'Civilian Defense' invites the viewer to unite as a community; to talk, to eat, to discuss disagreements, or to relax. This installation of about 1000 sandbags is inspired by the customs of Arabic Bedouin tribes. Empty sandbags can easily be transported. Filled locally with desert sand, they serve as seating. The multi-coloured bags are inspired by the vivid trade in textiles in the Emirate of Sharjah, UAE. Sandbags are also used to build bunkers or as protection against floods. Dan Peterman is interested in the relations between economy, ecology, and cultural systems.

Does this page contain inaccurate information or language that you feel we should improve or change? We would like to hear from you.


Context

This content is being blocked for you because it contains tracking cookies. Would you like to view this content? By clicking here, you will automatically allow the use of tracking cookies.
This content is being blocked for you because it contains tracking cookies. Would you like to view this content? By clicking here, you will automatically allow the use of tracking cookies.
This content is being blocked for you because it contains external cookies. Would you like to view this content? By clicking here, you will automatically allow the use of external cookies.