YPJ, iron bar, led matrix, electronic circuit, 2000 x 25 x 4 mm, 2018

 YPJ is a work dedicated to the Women’s Protection Units (Kurdish: Yekîneyên Parastina Jin), an all-female military organization, grown out of the Kurdish resistance movement, that had and still has a crucial role in the foundation of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (commonly known as Rojava) and in the creation of a libertarian socialist direct democracy inspired by Ocalan’s democratic confederalism, whose political core is about environmentalism, gender equality and ethnic and religious pluralism.

The led matrix’s animation is indeed originated from the flower pattern of one of the Kurdish traditional scarf wore by YPJ members; this is for me both an homage and a participation attempt to that social contract pursuing “freedom, justice, dignity and democracy and led by principles of equality and environmental sustainability” (from the Constitution of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, 2014).


Photo and video credit: Andrea Abati