The list of banned flags for Eurovision contest was well exposed this year due to a controversial appearance of Basque flag next to ISIS one. Transcending the anecdote, it’s interesting to think about how, why and who makes this black list of symbols in this pop context. Is interesting in these times of old nationalisms revivals, big alliances, religion and identity conflicts, what happens with such an arbitrary geometric symbol. Portions of each banned flag are picked from the list and put together in a composition of almost happy colours and shapes. The innocent wall painting is less neutral when taking a closer look and recognize some elements, not enough in context to be banned, not enough out of context to be impartial. No one can support ideologically the whole wall, no one can hate it totally neither.
Fermin Jimenez Landa
Bien Urbain 6
2 months : From 3rd june to 30th july 2016
Associate artist : Escif
15 guest artists : Escif (ES), Cyop & Kaf (IT), Daniel Munoz / San (ES), Harmen De Hoop (NL), Henrik Franklin (SWE), Fermin Jimenez Landa (ES), Lolo (ES) y Sosaku (JP), Maider Lopez (ES), Myr Muratet (FR), Timofey Radya (RU), Clément Richem (FR), Wasted Rita (PT), Olivier Toulemonde (FR), Sam3 (ES), Martha Rosler (US)
Artist on the margins of established categories, Fermin Jimenez Landa can travel a month without touching a door, put a motorcycle into a car in a truck and ride with one and then the other up anywhere or try to swim in all pools located on a line arbitrarily drawn on a map that crosses Spain.
Élisa Murcia-Artengo, Quentin Coussirat