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8 desember, 2013

FLAG comes to Kunsthall Stavanger

FLAG comes to Kunsthall Stavanger

By Heather Jones

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Flags and banners have always held political and symbolic importance. They signal danger, surrender, territorial borders, nationalist or community ideals. Flags are a rallying point, both in celebration and in conflict. Few cultural producers have been more invested in the varying meanings and significance of flags than Randi Grov Berger. Artist, curator, and founder of Entrée Gallery in Bergen, Berger has been working for the last few years on FLAG, an outdoor exhibition of flags investigating issues of identity, nationality, citizenship, and personal expression.

In 2014, Kunsthall Stavanger is excited to host the entire range of Berger’s flag project, now in it’s fourth iteration. Each flag (there are 53 all together) has been individually commissioned by Berger from a wide range of international artists and collectives, and will be flown outside of the kunsthall one at a time, for one week each over the course of the year.

Vexillology - the "scientific study of the history, symbolism and usage of flags or, by extension, any interest in flags in general"

— Whitney Smith, Flags Through the Ages and Across the World

FLAG is a continually growing series. Previous iterations include FLAG Bergen which took place in Bergen, Norway from March 24-April 29, 2012 and FLAG Nesflaten in Nesflaten, Norway in collaboration with Gunhild Moe and L/R Residency from April 6 - April 30, 2013. The most recent iteration of the flag project, FLAG New York City, was presented from November 1 - 24, 2013 as part of of Performa 13, New York’s performance art biennial.

Be sure to check back with our blog for weekly updates on the flag of the week, starting in January 2014!

Participating artists include:

Jørund Aase Falkenberg, Azar Alsharif, Rosa Barba, Javier Barrios, Are Blytt, Marco Bruzzone, Danilo Correale, Espen Dietrichson, Leander Djønne & Lars Korff Lofthus, Ida Ekblad, Sammy Engramer, Serina Erfjord, Juan Pedro Fabra Guemberena, Kjersti Foyn, Ulrika Gomm, Steinar Haga Kristensen, Jeannine Han & Dan Riley, Tamara Henderson, Lisa Him-Jensen, David Horvitz, Marianne Hurum, Toril Johannessen, Annette Kierulf & Caroline Kierulf, Ingeborg Kvame, Erik Larsson, Else Leirvik, Malin Lennström-Örtwall, Gabriel Lester, Lewis & Taggart, Klara Sofie Ludvigsen, Anna Lundh, Cato Løland, Cameron MacLeod, Sanya Kantarovsky & Liz Magic Laser, Jumana Manna, Dillan Marsh, Kyle Morland, Santiago Mostyn, Randi Nygård, Raqs Media Collective, Borghild Rudjord Unneland, Athi-Patra Ruga, Arne Rygg, Andrea Spreafico, André Tehrani, Sandra Vaka Olsen, Mathijs van Geest, Kjersti Vetterstad, Lina Viste Grønli, Christian von Borries, Bedwyr Williams, Magnhild Øen Nordahl and Stian Ådlandsvik.

FLAG is curated by Randi Grov Berger and presented at Kunsthall Stavanger in collaboration with Hanne Mugaas.

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