Carlos Pina

Three Red Flags

What has been, is what shall be; and what is done is what shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

Ecl 1: 9-11

Territory as a body expanded through time and space. The blood of the sultan, spilled in the Blackbird’s Field, flooded with the blood of six centuries of countless wars. The eyes and the ears of the old city looking and hearing towards the east, where there is nothing to look and hear anymore. The enemy of yesterday, broken red and yellow flag, is now returned with his older opponent under the same ensign to the ancient battlefield, red, blue and white flag. In the middle, the expanded body, red and white flag, with his arms, joining two continents, east and west, past and present, the three vertex of the triangle. Meanwhile, new sultans try to construct new empires. Red flag: danger.

…the performance

This performance is part of my line of site and time specific performances. The main feature of these works is the existence of a speech that articulates the action, spoken or not, and the construction of objects during the performance, put in their own context through the discourse. In this work I use often the image of light assault guns as “cultural” objects that are present everywhere. In spite of having apparently a very clear signification, I consider that as images guns may have a great ambiguity that allows them to have multiple readings. In their utilization there is not any fascination for the object as such, but the confirmation of its universality as a present symbol in all-modern cultures. In this way, my work tries to establish bridges among the social, cultural and political realities of the place where I perform and those of my place of origin through symbols universally recognizable.