auto|nomos

Context related work commissioned to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the independence of India and Pakistan from Britain.

Activity: construction of white Union Jack, 5 metres x 10 metres

Duration: 2 days. 24/ 25th October 1997 - Bluecoat Chambers, Liverpool

Over two days a white Union Jack 10 metres by 5 metres was sewn up within the space, using two industrial sewing machines. Referencing the story of Betsy Ross, who it is said first sewed the Stars and Stripes and drawing on research into contemporary flag production, the work explored a set of discursive relations between the production and operation of the iconography of nationhood.

Commissioned by Bluecoat Arts Centre and Visionfest