Cut From The Same Cloth - Flags
The impulse to bring this project to life came from the 'refugee crisis' during the escalation of the Syria conflict in 2016. I got commissioned to make 11 big banner flags with dimensions of 4m x 2.50m each to be exhibited on Gravesend's high street during the arts biennial ESTUARY' 16.
Deconstructed and abstract flags of EU nations cut together with those of Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq only hint at their former representational function. Their new and serendipitous patterns signify the commonalities between nations and human beings. Joyful and fluid the 11 new flags move in unpredictable ways, just like human beings, transcending brittle nationalistic constructions.
The project was Kindly supported by The Arts Council England, METAL Southend and Gravesham Council.
Photos by Benedict Johnson, Giles Mountain and the artist.
Due to its popularity, parts of the installation have also been exhibited at The Portico Gallery, West Norwood, London ind 2017, at St. John's Church in Upper Norwood, London in 2018 and at St. Peter Church, Vauxhall, London in 2018.