Santiago Serra to Soak British Flag in Blood

March 23rd, 2021

Artist Santiago Sierra is once again causing controversy after announcing plans to immerse a British flag in blood donated by indigenous peoples from former colonies. “The blood will be combined in an aluminum bucket in which the British flag will be immersed,” Sierra said. “The use of the British flag is not about any specific people, but rather seeks to reflect on the material on which states and empires are built. The use of First Peoples’ blood from different populations, and its indiscriminate mixing, has impact within the act itself—all blood is equally red and has the same consistency, regardless of the race or culture of the person supplying it.”

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