English title: Alternative flags for Colombia Year: 2020 Categories: Light Art / Holography, light installation, Sculpture / Objects, object
Project type: Diplom
It is said that at the beginning of the XIX century, Francisco de Miranda met Goethe, who gave him the idea for the design of the later-to-become Colombian flag. The primary colours yellow, blue and red. Goethe said: “[...]A country starts from a name and a flag and it later becomes them, like a man who fulfils a destiny” Others say that after living one year in Russia, Miranda repurposed their flag, changing the white of the snow for the yellow of the tropical sun. Or that he dedicated the flag to Catherine the Great of Russia with whom he had an affair. Gold for her hair, blue for her eyes and red for her lips. Some say it was for Christina Hall, the rich Norwegian bourgeoise of Gothenburg. Maybe when Miranda was a Maréchal in the French Revolution, he was inspired by the French tricolour... The only certainty is that nowadays the interpretation goes: yellow as our treasures, blue as our oceans, red as our spilled blood. Given our emblem’s mysterious birth and great interpretational malleability, I propose alternatives to the flag that better represent the our present. For this, I inverted the position of the red and the gold stripe, giving priority to the blood we are still spilling for the last 60 years of war. It seems violence is also a definng part of our nature.
Karin Lingnau, Prof. Dr. Lilian Haberer, Prof. Dr. Georg Trogemann
A production of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne.