Exhibition: The Socrates Annual 2019
Dyed textiles, plaques
8 flags, each 36 x 60 inches, display dimensions variable
In 'Chromakey Supranational' Martina Oneymaechi Crouch-Anyarogbu (MOCA) deconstructs nationalist imagery and symbolism through a series of newly composed flags for nation states with a legacy of Colonialism printed in wax-resist dye technique. This style, most closely associated with post-Independence commemorative cloths of East and West Africa, harbors its own Colonial history, as a product of the Dutch adaptation of Indonesian batik textile craft to a product for machine manufacture. The flags are paired with plaques baring museum-like formulaic interpretive descriptions further interrogating national narrative-building institutions.
Photography by Scott Lynch
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