Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The white flag as a symbol of surrender but also as a request for interaction and dialogue.
In order to start a dialogue, we first need to acknowledge the other, accepting their
requests and their point of view, which means accepting a compromise.
This truce between two conflicting entities must, however, be built together and this is
why the white flag is seen as symbolising a construction site being opened:
the flag is hoisted when the two sides decide to lay down their arms and start building.
The shape of the raw wood structure that supports it is based on that of the ribs used
to build arches and bridges. When the flag is removed, its place is indeed taken
by a bridge. What this construction site makes is thus the object that more than any
other represents communication and a willingness to meet the other. A bridge made
of two identical halves, because it is built simultaneously from two banks and it meets
at the centre, which is a place that belongs to both sides and yet also to no one.