Louisa Bufardeci
Starter Pistols (2005)
bargello needleworks 15 x 80 cm
Some Material Flags
The sea between A and I
2014
I know I don't know
2014
In a very short space of time
2012
String Theories
2012
Here a chandelier
2012
Flags for the fourth dimension
2011
Blend
2010
Yes and No
2009
Some Material Flags
2008
Recent Plans
2008
Every second is like forever...
2007
13 conversations, all one minute long
2006
Anti-War Speeches
2006
Starter Pistols
2005-6
Landscapes
2005
Team Joy
2004
Governing Values
2004
The Mercer Project
2004
A walk around the periphery of Malviya Nagar
2004
Skin Quartet
2003
Ground Plan
2003
Languages
2003
Export Distribution
2003
Essay topic
2002
The unbearable weight of ordinary things
2002
Cold Storage
2001
Ethnicities to Nations
2001
A few facts I think you ought to know...
2001
ColourPhonics
2001
Tax Payer's Money
2000-2
Counterplay
2000
FugacitÓ
2000
The Art of Good Reasoning
2000
Specifics of Location
2000
World Listing
2000
Another rounding of facts
1999
A rounding of facts
1999
Spector
1999
"The comforting illusion"
1999
Breathe in, breathe out
1998-9
       
Starter Pistols is an exhibition of six bargello needleworks. The design of each needlework illustrates soundwaves associated with various anti-personnel weapons. Each soundwave is a mere one one-hundredth of a second in length and captures the split-second a weapon is discharged. One of the designs is based on the sound of the Browning 1910 handgun used by Gavrilo Princip to assassinate the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in Sarajevo in 1914.

Needlework has historic traditions almost as long as war and definitely longer than modern weaponry. The laborious, time-consuming process was not chosen purely for its incongruity with the violent theme, but because its manic repetition serves as a reminder of the repetitious presence of violence and war throughout history. While the colours employed are the typical muted greens, browns and greys associated with warfare attire, the tight framing is reminiscent of the rigid framing of any representation of war.