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VIDEO: Artists reinterpret flags at Old Stone House art exhibition

August 24, 2018 By Liliana Bernal Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Athena Soules stands in front of her first art installation that calls for solidarity in six languages, the five most commonly heard in Brooklyn and that of the Native Americans who previously inhabited the land. Eagle photos by Paul Frangipane
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“For Which it Stands,” a contemporary art exhibition that provides a look at the relevance of flags in the current political climate, opened Thursday night at the Old Stone House.

Through reinterpretations of the American flag and the flags of the American Revolution, 15 artists connected Brooklyn’s revolutionary history to compelling contemporary issues as they reflected on how the founding flags’ values are being upheld today and how those flags connect communities around the world.

“One thing that’s really cool about the approach that some of the artists took to the show is incorporating symbolism from those original flags from the American revolutionary era and making those symbols relevant today and how today’s protest flags can be informed by the flags of the past,” said Katherine Gressel, the Old Stone House & Washington Park’s Contemporary Art Curator.

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The art show that is displayed outdoors and indoors includes flags that consider the role of these emblems in today’s activism, such as the Tibetan-style prayer flags that reflect on universal health care and the LGBTQIA+ pride flags supplied and inspired by participants at a recent Brooklyn Pride workshop that emphasize the importance of inclusiveness.

A large-scale installation with illuminated banners calling for solidarity in multiple languages can be seen on the house’s Fourth Avenue facade. Athena Soules, the artist behind the piece, chose the languages based on the five most spoken in Brooklyn and that of the Native Americans who once inhabited the land.

“I chose the word solidarity and spelled it in six languages to also get people thinking to respect and stand with . . . people of different cultures within America,” Soules said.


The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 14.


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