We are Multicolored (2007)

What is a national flag? Does it express our cultural identity, or simply limit it? Graphic artist Jeremy Hutchison engages the question of how we visually represent ourselves with we are multicolored, an interactive project for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s Digital Artist in Residence Program.

We are multicolored invites people to explore national identity in a playful way, dismantling national flags and reassembling them into a personal flag. Hutchison believes flags are as complicated as they are beautiful, powerful symbols to deconstruct. “Highly complex ideologies, histories and national identities are embedded in the rigid shapes, forms, and colors of a nation’s flag,” he said. “This project should prompt people to ask important questions about the array of cultures to which they belong, hopefully provoking recognition that we are all products of hybrid cultural identities.”

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What is a national flag? Does it express our cultural identity, or simply limit it? Graphic artist Jeremy Hutchison engages the question of how we visually represent ourselves with we are multicolored, an interactive project for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum’s Digital Artist in Residence Program.

We are multicolored invites people to explore national identity in a playful way, dismantling national flags and reassembling them into a personal flag. Hutchison believes flags are as complicated as they are beautiful, powerful symbols to deconstruct. “Highly complex ideologies, histories and national identities are embedded in the rigid shapes, forms, and colors of a nation’s flag,” he said. “This project should prompt people to ask important questions about the array of cultures to which they belong, hopefully provoking recognition that we are all products of hybrid cultural identities.”

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