‘EU Flag’ (2016) - from Mariana Bisti
The European Union was formed to share democratic, humanitarian and liberal values. Yet, on today’s real life, Europe’s ideals and values sound like a parody and its foundations look shaky. Several EU states have closed their borders to thousands of refugees and, as Syria’s humanitarian crisis is spinning out of control, more borders are likely to close. Europe is undermining its moral values by turning its back on hundreds of thousands of people who are in despair. In this regard, the making of the ‘New EU flag’ is a means to comment on the death of the European Dream, principles and values.
The raising took place at the Slade School of Fine Art, after an initial request to use UCL’s central pole was rejected. The act attempts to underline how a ‘dream of unity’ has turned into a nightmare. The sound of the ‘Ode to Joy’, EU’s anthem, amplifies the irony in this otherwise dramatic situation.
Many thanks to David Blackmore, Yue Han, Joonhong Min and Ulijona Odisarija for their videos, made during the raising of the flag. Spacial thanks to Villy Tentoma, Electra Alexandropoulou, Alexandros Bistis and everyone who offered to help with the collection of the blankets.