Abstractions (Mali/Sweden), 2019
print on fabric
120 x 192 cm
edition 1/3 + 1 A.P.
Pierre Bismuth combines two flags of nation states into one new flag in the context of an ongoing global refugee crisis. One of the two flags sampled on these visual hybrids represent the country of origin, the other the destined European host country. The artistic result is new “inter / national flags”, which become conceptual pictorial objects, in which two national symbol systems merge, thus losing their previously clearly defined representational performance.
With this aesthetic intervention, Pierre Bismuth not only reflects on the aims and directions of worldwide refugee flows, but also on the precarious position that nation states today are taking in the context of neoliberal globalization and the power of global players in global affairs. In addition, the artist here composes picture objects that not only have a high aesthetic quality in addition to their political dimension, but also allude to younger art history.
Pierre Bismuth. Abstractions, Jan Mot, 2019.
Pierre Bismuth. Abstractions, Parcours. Art Basel, 2019 (reference image).
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