More flags

plaster, acrylic paint, 25 - 75 cm high
2015

A series of sculptures refers to a shapes of government buildings, marketplaces, residential houses or transport facilities. They share one common detail – a flag that is located on each of them. Black paint covering the pieces remove the links to original context of architectural work. The artist reflects on the changes in perception of national symbols in recent period of Ukrainian history when ubiquitousness of flags and national colors gains particular political importance. The state symbol becomes a symbol of solidarity, national identification and the specific marker of territory and security in the society during the war. As any other national symbols, flags are meant not only to unite but also to segregate and exclude, manipulate the people in the game of populist rhetorics and serve as a political make up designed to hide other social problems. The artist is critically questioning the logic of recent changes in which the architectural base, its history, cultural meaning and social function becomes less significant than the manifestation of national colors on top of it.


         

        
"More flags" ("The School of Kyiv" biennial, The House of Clothes. Kyiv. 2015)