An emblem of uprising against the ruling class that promotes a vision of a shared belief system, Rad Hourani's flags appropriate the symbol of those in power to magnify the voice of those oppressed through division. Comparable to the powerful tool that both categorizes and stirs loyalty for the purpose of serving propaganda flair, his flags are quilted into a banner to appear as though they were created by a fictional united humanity. Paying homage to our tendencies toward seeking belongingness within groups of everyday society by means of forming religions and cults, these banners allow individuals to ascend as their own rulers by contributing to their collective sense of unity.
The flag, a cloth that can both divide and terrorize humans, is a strong ideological marker in the societal repertoire that can mean completely different things to different people. Here, crafted from the once noble textiles, the Rad Hourani flags stand for the masses, taking back what should belong to all—the class responsible for the production of the very same textiles. The patterns created within the banners are reminiscent of data graphs and computerized personal information that registers the contemporary state of being. It is in taking back ownership of our collected data that humans of the computer age can truly recover our free will by uncovering a new definition of luxury: consciousness.
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DATA FLAG 01 – 2019
VELVET SILK 127 X 91.44 CM ( 50” x 36” ) EDITION 1/1
DATA FLAG 06 – 2019
SILK 203.2 X 134.62 CM ( 80” x 53” ) EDITION 1/1
DATA FLAG 05 – 2019
SATIN SILK 170.18 X 121.92 CM ( 67” x 48” ) EDITION 1/1
DATA FLAG 07 – 2019
SILK - FRAME 86.36 X 86.36 CM ( 34” x 34” ) EDITION 1/1
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