Tattered Flag
6 May 2011

single channel video installation
10 minute DVD loop


In 2006, amidst an endless White House public relations campaign promoting surface patriotism and the continued need for war in the Middle East, I rode the subway home each day to Brooklyn and watched in the distance a tattered flag flying furiously in the wind. It seemed so beautifully at odds in its state of decay. It became for me a new symbol, speaking volumes about a history of US foreign policy and the worn rhetoric used to sell democracy to the world. Eventually over a period of about 2 months the remnants of the flag fell from the flagpole. It was never replaced.