The Heraldry of Presence
Fiona Jack with contributors, collaborators and lenders, 2014
Published by Fresh Gallery Ōtara
The Heraldry of Presence will be at Fresh Gallery Otara October 10 to November 8. The exhibition, held as part of Artweek Auckland 2014, will see artist Fiona Jack bring together flags and banners made by her and members of the local community. Flags are an interesting tool that carry a strong symbolic message, especially in time of conflict. A flag can represent the spirit of a nation or act as a signal. It can be raised in a patriotic gesture or as a sign of resistance. Protests are once again becoming a frequently used tool of public dissent in response to the myriad of environmental and geopolitical issues facing the word today. Flags and banners play an important communicative function in this collective action, making the exhibition a timely response to global events.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a public programme, which will include an artist talk, an insight into the history of the Polynesian Panther Party, a visit by six heritage artists from Niue and a banner making workshop. The current government plans to put the design of the New Zealand flag up for dispute as soon as next year, so perhaps the workshop is a good opportunity to come up with an alternative.
Text courtesy of → Concrete Playground