SHIFTING MEANINGS

2018 – 19
Exhibited at Dutch Design Week 2019
Exhibited at De Waag 2019

Textiles are often used to define certain spaces, shifting from two dimensional sheets to three-dimensional entities.
This way they become a tool and a medium to reinterpret, modify and understand our surroundings.

In a similar way, flags are just rectangular pieces of fabric that define spaces (political, geographical, physical, economical, virtual, commercial, ideal) and hold several meanings.
Their structure of values is related to - and dependant on - their materiality, in which every color, shape, sewing stitch or mark acts as a symbol for something they aim to portray.
A flag can represent entire nations, identity, loyalty and a sense of belonging, therefore it is supposed to be treated in a respectful and honorable manner.
The so called "flag-code" is what most countries came up with, under a legal perspective, to preserve and protect those values that the flag holds embedded in its physicality. If you disrespect the flag, you are disrespecting the country.

The same legally regulated physicality, however, can be exploited as a tool for expression and friction for those who are on the opposite side.
Knowing the law, the "flag-code", means that you can have direct access to a flag's meaning, how it is protected and what its materiality entails.









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