COVID-19 and its far reaching consequences transgress borders with shocking ease. At the same time, the physical borders of private space, those that seemed invisible, are being raised. Both personal and global space are being radically rethought. WHOmanity plays into this trend by asking artists to confine their message to the surface of a flag. With WHOmanity, we, as artists and mediators, want to make ourselves heard on the connecting waters in the heart of Amsterdam. Flags as a beacon of hope and reflection that flutter over the waters of the IJ.
With artworks made by eight different artists the exciting public space on the ferry is taken over by the Amsterdam Ferry Festival during Museumnacht. The artists reflect on the rapidly changing city, the way nature is tamed around the IJ and the invisible structures that monitor human behaviour. They use the silent moment that emerges from the in-between state the ferry ride provides. This way the commuters are surrounded by the questions raised by the artists during their ferry trip.