You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world

Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor

plastic bags
variable dimensions
2014-2015

“The plastic bag is a vessel for an ever-changing content” Heidi Voet

Laboriously woven from thousands of plastic carrier bags, each flag is drawn from countries that declared independence but no longer exist. Within the life span of a disposable plastic bag hundreds of nation states have formed and collapsed, the geopolitical map changed and reconfigured. In a world where the history of war and strife is predicated on nationalism, the colorful flags convey the transient and impermanent nature of so-called national identity.

The 500 years exhibition included three interrelated bodies of work that take the lifespan of a plastic bag as a historical period. Instead of looking forward, however, it looks back to link a period of history that has defined the contemporary age, from the earliest colonisation of Latin America, the Renaissance in Europe and the subsequent modernisation, industrialisation and globalization that pervade contemporary life.

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1885-1960)

plastic bags
103×164cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1744-1818)

plastic bags
108×160cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1854-1902)

plastic bags
108×160cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1731-1950)

plastic bags
108×162cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1916-1920)

plastic bags
102×160cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1889-1912)

plastic bags
106×165cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1880-1901)

plastic bags
106×160cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1916-1916)

plastic bags
105×165cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1850-1941)

plastic bags
108×165cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(-1895)

plastic bags
108×160cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1802-1945)

plastic bags
105×135cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1927-1962)

plastic bags
96×196cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1752-1885)

detail
plastic bags
105×163cm
2014

You believe in visions and prayers
But you don’t believe in what’s really there
You’re a young man on a dance floor
A young man in a young man’s world
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
Get on the dance floor
(1920-1954)

detail
plastic bags
96×198cm
2014