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Gerhard Glüher - Flaggen

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Flags

In formal terms, the piece called Flaggen (Flags) consists of conventional cloth flags, but the artistic choices that their fabrication entailed – in terms of both subject matter and materials – reduce to absurdity the system by which national identity is defined. The methods used to demonstrate political power are critically and ironically interrogated by the fact that photographs of frayed cleaning rags, and not national emblems, are printed onto the woven cotton fabric. The rags, as symbols of domestic and traditionally female work, form a counterpoint to the national colors of the generally male-dominated nation-states. A flag is hoisted with solemn ceremony; the rags are used to wipe the dirty floors that that flag may not touch even when those floors are clean.

Sebastian Neusser