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Flags From Another Place - Aliyah Hussain

  • Common 39 Edge St Manchester, M4 1HW United Kingdom (map)

Aliyah Hussain presents ‘Flags From Another Place’ at Common in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, running from Thursday 25 September 2014 to February 2015.

Aliyah Hussain’s Flags From Another Place focuses on an imagined visual identity for a fictitious world that may or may not be like Earth, using only the flags of each country as a form of expression of individuality for these potentially complex nations. Developed directly from her 2013 solo show ‘Land & Sky & Sea’ at La'Escocesa in Barcelona, the exhibition will utilise installation, prints, textiles and photography.

Set out in the style of an office in an Embassy or UN headquarters, the flags of the world will hang together; along with proposals for collaborative building projects between the different nations and displays of projected unity and harmony through compositional arrangements of abstract shapes and colours.

Aliyah Hussain’s practice encompasses performance, photography, painting, printmaking, collage, sound and costume. She experiments with the performative and technical aspects of different media to create works that reference futurist narratives, utopian visions and ritualistic practices embedded in the everyday.

A lot of Hussain’s work takes place outdoors relying on the forces within nature to complete it – using objects such as flags, kites and banners. By extracting the shapes and colours and using them in an abstract way she develops a form of visual communication that isn’t reliant on spoken language.

Flags From Another Place launches on Thursday 25 September at 6pm and then is open daily till February 2015

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