The starting point of Human Flags, a serial project, was a series of photo-text collages (2005/08), which evolved from a black & white photograph from her family album (Romania, 1974), to which she added short texts, digitally inserted or hand-written, quotations commenting and enlarging them. The Human Flags project in Jerusalem is a workshop in progress, getting into direct communication with the public. The artist and a group of young people walk through the City, interacting with each other, exchanging opinions, viewing and questioning.
People in the street and at selected places are informed upon the project and invited to take an active part in it. They are asked to search for adequate venues and to position themselves in small groups – as the four young men on the original picture did position themselves on a stone on top of the mountain – in order to build with their bodies as well as with their inner self contemporary and coevally timeless “human flags”. The chosen venues are playgrounds of personal importance, representing inner structures of feeling and memory. Acting there can be seen as a measure of perception and representation of the self in interaction with the community.
The photographs documenting these actions are printed on textile and exhibited at selected locations around the Old City. All the pictures coming into existence as flags do not only serve as visualisations of singular actions, but they can also be read as statements of the people portrayed.
Andrea Faciu, born in 1977 in Bucharest, lives and works in Munich (where she studied at the Arts Academy) and on the road. Her installations
and videos focus on notions such as locality, private memory, time and history. She is primarily interested in reflecting contemporary events and different venues, connecting them not only visually and mentally, but humanly.
She graduated Akademie der Bildenden Künste Munich, professor Olaf Metzel class. Her installations, conceived in various media and videos focuses on notions such as locality, private memory, time and/or history. The intense poetical atmosphere, which particularizes the representational system of her work, is provoked by a particular usage of sign, language and speech. Solo and group exhibitions (selection): 2009 Lothringer13 Städtische Kunsthalle, Munich (solo); Reading the City, ev+a 33rd Edition, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Ireland; 2008 Favoriten 08, Kunstbau/Städtische Galerie in Lenbachhaus, Munich, Between the Images, Romanian Cultural Institute Stockholm in cooperation with Cinemateket, IASPIS, Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, wip:konsthall; 2007 Verwendungsnachweis, Project space - MMK Museum fuer Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main; 2006 PERIFERIC 7, Focussing Iaºi, Social Processes; 2004 MANIFESTA 5, Biennial for Contemporary Art, San-Sebastian, Spania; LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT, 5th Cetinje Biennial; 2003 In the Gorges of the Balkans, Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel.