(Excerpt from 'Flag New York City' posted on Performa 13. Found here http://13.performa-arts.org/event/Flag-New-York-City)
Founded by RoseLee Goldberg in 2004, Performa is the leading organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live performance in the history of twentieth-century art.
Flag New York City is an outdoor flag project involving 60 international artists, each making a statement with their own specially designed flags, which will be flown in various locations around the city during Performa 13. While the project addresses one of the biennial’s themes this year—citizenship—it also asks key questions about identity and nationality. Flags are strong symbols of power used both in warfare and celebration, with many rituals connected them. The symbolic value in raising or burning a flag is universal, and the use of colors and symbols in flags has a long and complex history, studied in the field of vexillology. The artists involved in the project take on these concerns when exploring the flag as a medium, whilst pursuing the themes of their own work. Watch out for flags fluttering above you as you traverse the city during the biennial and see a collection at the Performa Hub.
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(Image: Flag by Magnhild Øen Nordahl; Photo by Randi Grov Berger)