What is the Proper Way to Display a Flag?

19.11.2022 - 23.04.2023
Igor Grubic, 366 Liberation Rituals (Bicycle and flag), actions in public space, 2008-2009, Art Collection Telekom
Igor Grubic, 366 Liberation Rituals (Bicycle and flag), actions in public space, 2008-2009, Art Collection Telekom

Flags are vividly expressive political symbols; from time immemorial, they have found a place in artistic works. They stand for shared, communal convictions and values, emphasize national sovereignty, mark territorial borders, enclose and exclude. But flags are also used for protest and resistance. They are a fixed element of social conflicts that are fought out on the streets of this world.

The group exhibition What is the Proper Way to Display a Flag? focuses on international positions from an international context and endeavors, by means of contemporary artistic production, to reflect upon the significance, impact and utilization of flags. The selected works present artistic strategies that use flags as material or as a contentual point of reference; included in the exhibition are space-encompassing installations, painting, photography, and video works.

The focus is on the bringing to light of historical contexts, on currently topical, socially critical statements and counter-images, on contentual reinterpretations of symbols and of signs of domination, but sometimes also on poetical, enigmatic approaches. Questions concerning our various conceptions of identity, nation, and provenance come into view; there is simultaneously a focus on freedom of opinion and the right to demonstrate, on activism, empowerment and respect.

Artists: Yael Bartana, Rufina Bazlova, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, Yvon Chabrowski, Stephen Dean, Igor Grubić, Sharon Hayes, Samson Kambalu, Ahmet Ögüt, Julian Röder, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Nasan Tur and other

Curated by Ingo Clauß