The Flag of Anyang

Horizontal flag

The Flag of Anyang, 20/10/07–18/11/07, 2007. Produced as part of Anyang Public Art Project 2007, an outdoor exhibition directed by Sung Won Kim and shown around the Pyeongchon New Town, Anyang, 18 October–20 November 2007. Digital print on fabric, dimensions variable.

The Flag of Anyang, 20/10/07–18/11/07 was proposed as a temporary flag of Anyang, the one to replace the existing official flag during the period of APAP 2007. A flag often expresses the ideal or “vision” of the represented city or country. Our temporary flag, on the contrary, is based on a true story: it is, in fact, an abstract map of Anyang. It displays the ratio of land use of the city in a diagrammatic manner. The land as a fundamental for a human community has traditionally played a significant role in shaping and representing national or regional identities. The Flag of Anyang, 20/10/07–18/11/07 clears of any mythic notions attached to the land, and reduce it to verifiable numbers.

During the APAP 2007, The Flag of Anyang, 20/10/07–18/11/07 fluttered – sometimes alone, sometimes along with theofficial banners of the APAP 2007 – on the streets of Anyang from the Indeokwon Intersection to various spots in Pyeongchon area.

Vertical flag

Installation view