San­ti­ago Sierra’s Black Flag project

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

The Span­ish artist San­ti­ago Sierra planted a black flag at the North Pole on April 13, 2015. Eight months later, on De­cem­ber 14 that year—ex­actly 104 years af­ter the Nor­we­gian ex­plorer Roald Amund­sen ar­rived—sierra planted an iden­ti­cal flag at the South Pole. Sym­bols of the an­ar­chist move­ment, the mono­chrome flags were raised in sol­i­dar­ity with in­dige­nous com­mu­ni­ties who have had their lands and oceans plucked from them in the name of sovereign ex­pan­sion and an­nex­a­tion. “By plac­ing two flags in the ground, one at each pole, I’m cov­er­ing the whole world,” Sierra says. “All the space com­prised between the flags is af­fected sym­bol­i­cally. So we oc­cupy the world with the an­ar­chist flag.” The flags re­main in situ, while the first ex­hi­bi­tion doc­u­ment­ing the project, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs, sound record­ings and repli­cas of the flags, opened at the Niko­laj Kun­sthal in Copen­hagen on Au­gust 20 last year and ran un­til Novem­ber 13. There are plans for the show to visit Havana, Liv­er­pool and Sval­bard.

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