August EditionBy Tamara Santibañez
TO AID & INSPIRE
form & concept and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art are proud to announce a new edition of Flags of Resilience, a long-term, artist-run project featuring commissioned work by local and internationally-known artists in response to their unique and communal experiences amid global upheaval. The series of original flag art continues with a new design by Brooklyn-based artist Tamara Santibañez, and will benefit F2L: Relief Fund.
Each artist design, printed on limited edition 3 x 5-foot flags, addresses topics of isolation, community, family, fear and hope in this remarkable moment in time. All proceeds from the sale of each flag go to the charity of the artist’s choosing. The project, founded by form & concept represented artist Thais Mather in response to the global pandemic, will also address the nation’s longstanding struggles with systemic racism and police brutality, including the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, among others. The artists chosen for this project will lead the dialog on these subjects, presenting stories and aesthetics drawn from their far-flung communities.
Tamara SantibañezArtist Interview
"In this moment of political uprising, we are urgently being asked to consider what a future looks like. Conceiving of a future reminds us of our contemporary, moment-to-moment responsibility in moving towards it." In this special Q&A, Tamara Santibañez discusses her process of designing the new edition of Flags of Resilience.
July EditionBy Pedro Barrios & Jaime Molina
The series of original flag artworks commenced with a joint design by acclaimed Denver-based muralists Pedro Barrios and Jaime Molina (aka The Worst Crew). All proceeds from the sale of Barrios and Molina's flag directly benefits the Denver branch of the International Rescue Committee.
Pedro Barrios & Jaime MolinaArtist Interview
"The shutdown exposed many things that have been broken and ignored in our society. Our original concept came from this opportunity of regrowth. It was in many ways like the replanting of a garden that had become overwrought with weeds and choking vines. When you get the opportunity to start over, what kinds of seeds would you plant?
International Rescue Committee
Barrios and Molina have chosen nonprofitas the benefactor of proceeds from the sale of their commissioned flags. “The charity we are choosing to support is the International Rescue Committee. This organization is special to us specifically because of the work they do to help refugees and immigrants. This hits close to home with Pedro since he immigrated from Venezuela to the US in Miami, FL with his family when he was young.”