Johanna Boccardo’s “Hereke Bomb” is a hand-crafted intervention of a hand knotted Turkish rug with one of her signature street-art techniques: Tape Bombing. Tape Bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of color tapes rather than paint or chalk. The objective of “Tape Bombing” an object involves the aesthetic and conceptual approach of transforming an object through a seemingly temporary process that initiates a dialogue, sometimes contradictory, with its existence and purpose.
Hereke Rugs were woven in the town of the same name, close to Istanbul, during the reign of the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire at the end of the 19th century. The rugs were woven as state gifts, palace decorations and later became very sought-after in interior design circles in Europe during and after the Second World War.
The design speaks directly of Odabashian’s vision of carefully implementing contemporary art concepts to classical and millenial weaving traditions.