Adel Abidin: Foam

One channel video installation

How can one represent an Islamic fundamentalist?

I explored this question by filming four young boys as they shave the foam off black balloons. I waited anxiously to see what would happen to the balloons whilst being shaved or ‘interfered with.’ As in real life, most of the balloons reacted by blowing themselves up. This work brings the subject matter – the Islamic fundamentalist- to the fore, bringing into question the brain- washing of young minds and identity politics, as well as the multitude of dismal situations that lead to Islamic fundamentalism.


Duration: 00'04'15 min. (seamless Loop)