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Red Flags

‘RED FLAGS’
The Margate School Gallery Window, 31-33 High Street, Margate, CT9 1DX
August 1st – 10th
Curated by Double Sided Sticky Tape Part of Margate Pride

Adam Sach / Abena Addo / Ray Prendergast / Lennie / Daniel Fountain / Alex Snax Pascal Lievre / Nora Battenberg / Mirta Imperatori / Rachael House / James Tuitt  / Stav B / Anka Dabrowska / Bettany Bay / Bob Chicalors / Maurice M Connolly / Christopher Carr / Dan Chan / Arthur Guilleminot / Christian Tate / Tom Duff / Aleksandar Taralezhkov / Jetgirl13 / Hayley White / Lunatraktors / Jenna Sharpe / Alex Noble 

This year, Pride has returned to its roots as a protest, the cancellation of Pride celebrations around the world has resulted in the de-commercialisation of Pride. This has been a welcome side effect for some, as no longer a marketing opportunity for corporations and brands; we return to politics, community and visibility in the face of the erasure and murder that continue to afflict the LGBTQI existence globally.

‘Red Flags’ is a contributive art installation featuring the names of 30 LGBTQI artists, showing solidarity in Pride month in response to the extra challenges we have faced this year through lockdown, the re-appropriation of the Pride flag rainbow in support of the NHS. The cancellation of our Pride celebrations and our learning, support and inclusion with Black Lives Matter.

Artists have been invited to create a ‘Red Flag’ with their message. The flags create one giant Red Flag, creating an installation of voices represented by material art works, a giant protest banner, hung in the gallery window at The Margate School.

The installation will be accompanied by a sound piece by Alex Noble featuring the contributing artists voices in poetic and literal response and conversation around the work and its context.

The current socio political landscape is saturated with red flags, springing up in conversations, social media posts and news broadcasts.

Everywhere we look there is a signal, a warning, a minefield of triggers exploding around us as the very fabric of society is being dismantled and reformed as we see the re-appropriation of cultural symbols and the dismantling of historical statues.

Artists have been invited to create a ‘Red Flag’ with their message. The flags create one giant Red Flag, creating an installation of voices represented by material art works, a giant protest banner, hung in the gallery window at The Margate School.

‘Red Flags’ is a direct response to the thousands of red flags that appeared for the LGBTQIA community, as children’s drawings of rainbows were hung in their thousands in front room windows across the country and corporations rebranded their Pride flag merchandise and buses to support government propaganda.

Although the newly assigned meaning behind the rainbow symbols use was worthy, it was also hugely problematic to adopt a cultural symbol from minority groups, during a pandemic whilst erasure was being felt and Pride events were cancelled around the globe. Advise from charities to young LGBTQIA  people was to not come out to their families during lockdown as it could put them at risk all the while the government put through legislation to take rights away from trans youth and their families and countries like Poland continue to discriminate and declare gay free zones.

About Double Sided Sticky Tape

DSST curatorial projects are run by Alex Noble and exist to represent and share insight into queer identities outside of stereotypes.Championing artists who’s creations and existence challenge the corrupt ideals of heteronormativity and bring to light individuality, unique identity and beauty in all shapes, genders and race. DSST works closely with Margate Pride to deliver exhibitions and workshops, usually housed at Turner Contemporary. @doublesidedstickytape

About The Margate School
Our vision is the successful establishment of an international networked liberal art school which operates independently and on a self-sustaining basis in and for Margate benefiting and yet creatively and socially engaging our students, partners and local communities. Above all, The Margate School is about people and as such the curriculum is guided by project-based collaborative learning in the expanded field, that means that we seek opportunities to apply the learning outside the immediate context of the School.  We believe that learning in a collaborative and critical environment will nurture independent thinking, self-confidence and raise aspirations. We are inspired by Margate’s past and passionate about the future. @the_margate_school

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