Untitled (the AK)
Hand-sewn replica of the AK47 rifle on a scale of 1:1; satin, sesame seeds; photo of model with rifle, size A0, print in lightbox

This piece is a follow-up of the Walther Plush5 gun I made for Festival De Basis in 2014 in which I took the attributes of the crochet guns to the extreme. More fleshy pink, more softness, more uselessness...

About the Soft Series in general:
The soft series are a series of weapons made of fabric, which I started in 2015 with a scale 1:1 replica of a Kalashnikov rifle. With these objects I want to search for the contrast between the original and current state of each weapon: harmful and deadly versus soft and totally useless, except for its visual beauty. All weapons are hand-sewn, this way I want to create a parallel between the designers and makers of the original weapons and the ones I am making now. It’s extremely difficult to design and create a well-functioning weapon and therefore it takes a lot of time, care and dedication to complete it. I also find it very interesting to see what kind of love-hate relationship some weapon designers had with their creations: Mikhail Kalashnikov, for example, felt extremely guilty for the last decades of his life because his deadly invention was just too successful. For him it was a continuous struggle with his conscience of what he had done.

The rifle started to live a life on its own and has now become the subject of the photo above. The photo is available in an A0-sized print in a backlit box. Special thanks goes to Anne Fruytier for modelling.

This work is made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Fund.