Public installation of four flags on the four roof-top flag poles of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, and a simultaneous installation at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, University of Melbourne, as part of the exhibition, The body. The ruin, curated by Bridget Crone, 5 November 2005 - 22 January 2006.
The flags draw on the face of Marat from David’s painting The Death of Marat (1793). They were generated by an extended drawing process. Three charcoal drawings were reworked over several months, and digitally photographed at different stages of their development. These photographs were the basis of the digitally-printed images on the flags, at the Victorian Trades Hall Council and at the Ian Potter Museum of Art.
The body. The ruin, curated by Bridget Crone, also included the work of Laylah Ali, Diann Bauer, Ian Burn, Christian Capurro, Joy Hester, Joan Jonas, Santiago Sierra, Ruth MacLennan, and Aaron Williamson.
Traces of the project Flags for a Trades Hall Council were subsequently exhibited in the solo exhibition Flag time: Marat at his last breath, at Ocular Lab, 26-27 January 2006, and in the exhibition Ghosts of self and state, curated by Geraldine Barlow, 5 April -10 June 2006, at the Monash University Museum of Art. A 16mm film from the project, 15 November 2005 (Len 335.43), was exhibited in the Ocular Lab exhibition Trinity Nine at Trinity College, Melbourne, in August 2006.
The curator, Bridget Crone, commissioned the artist to write a short text on the project.
Credits for the project