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Inverted Flag (2016), oil paint on survival blanket, 220cm x 140cm

 

For hundreds of years inverted flags were used as a maritime distress signal. At first glance the gold surface unto which twelve blue stars are painted seem warm and glowing. One will also realise that the composition of stars is identical to that of the European Union's flag, but with its colours inverted (if one saw a negative of Inverted Flag it would have the same colours as the EU flag). At closer inspection one notices that the warm and glowing gold canvas is a survival blanket like the ones covering migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. With Inverted Flag Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen comments on EU's inadequacy to deal with the refugee crisis, and questions whether free movement within Europe can only be sustained by reinforcement of borders around Europe.