Flags Video installation

“Flags”

“Flags” is about that very sense of Identity or “Un-identity” that many of us experience as we attempt to locate ouselves within defined national groups and for those who are still trying to map their own identity in a complex world. Flags and other such indicators play a major role in keeping us divided along these lines of identity, and mosaic models of multicultural cities are intensifying this division. In this series of works, I have manipulated and played with the colours, symbols and signs of different flags. My intention is to challenge our mental representation of these symbols by metamorphosing, transforming and reshaping all that is engraved in our brains about their collective significance. How are we to negotiate our identities once these national boundaries have been undone? Well, I guess we could say that “we are human” and belong to the earth.

Human beings are members of a whole,

In creation of one essence and soul.

If one member is afflicted with pain,

Other members uneasy will remain.

If you have no sympathy for human pain,

The name of human you cannot retain.

A poem by Sa’adi.

Native of Shiraz, Iran, (1195-1226).

This multimedia installation contains 2 sets of three brooches, abstract interpretations of different countries flags and accompanied with video and sound. On the screen 3 individually run videos are representing flags at the Olympic medal ceremonies .2 side screens are made out of modified images taken from the brooches and the middle screen is made out of real countries flags .audio is also is a mix and modified to present a confusing and bogus feeling of national items.

Brooch


From flag Series