FLYING THE FLAG
Flying the Flag
This series of flags has been designed for the Usher Gallery by Annabel as part of the Electric Fence exhibition. The series combines seemingly naïve but powerful white-on-black designs, echoing the use of body inking and gang symbols by dangerous supremacist groups, with bright flags with colours taken from a deconstructed 'Rainbow Flag'. Displayed in the gallery is half of the commission; the other flags are currently flying on top of the building.
The series begins with a downward-pointing triangle (a badge of shame originating in Nazi Concentration Camps, re-appropriated as a symbol of resistance and used since by larger LGBTQI+ community as a symbol of pride). Taking this forward chronologically, the series brings to attention relevant elements from the museum's collection and major moments within further LGBTQI+ histories.
Importantly, the work also references the many contemporary conversations Annabel has had with members of the public throughout the series of workshops Annabel ran in 2019. With the colourful flags representing the personalities and hopeful stories of these participants, the work acts as both a playful celebration of LGBTQI+ histories and a powerful reminder of the on-going journey towards equality.
Throughout the 'Electric Fence' exhibition, McCourt will choreograph a number of changes to the order of the flags, as they fly above the exhibition as well as the stories contained within them.
With thanks to all the participants of the workshops.
To witness the changing of the flags, please find out more from the member of staff in the gallery or follow us on social media.
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