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"Bleu+Blanc+Rouge" / "Amarillo+Azul+Rojo" artwork (Paris, France, 2012)

Last modified: 2016-11-19 by ivan sache
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The artists

Amélie Weirich (b. in 1980 in Nice, France) and Federico Ferro (b. 1979 in Popayán, Colombia) have been living and working together since 2010 in Pantin, just north of Paris. They founded in 2011 the Bulb collective (website).

Ivan Sache, 29 May 2016



Bleu+Blanc+Rouge, by Am&ecute;lie Weirich and Federico Ferro - Image by António Martins, 30 May 2016

Bleu+Blanc+Rouge (Blue+White+Red) is a monochromous flag obtained by mixing the three "official" colours of the French flag (as published by the SHOM, that is, Pantone Blue 282C and Red 186C) in their respective proportions. Quoting the artists:

The flag explores the relations sewn by man with the concepts of identity and belonging. From the chromatic juxtaposition, which contrasts with the separation of the colours and symbols exploited by the nations, history and collective memory for their own ends, the flag calls to an update of our vision of the society and its symbols.

The installation was inaugurated at the CENT art enter (Paris, photos) during the Nuit Blanche 2012 (6 October 2012). Since then, it has been part of exhibitions organized at the Consulate of Colombia in Paris (27 June-24 July 2013), at the Modern Art Biennal in Bourges (15-18 November 2012), at ISEA Paris (13 September-10 October 2012) and at Viaduc des Arts in Paris (6-24 November 2012).

Ivan Sache, 29 May 2016



Amarillo+Azul+Rojo, by Am&ecute;lie Weirich and Federico Ferro - Image by António Martins, 30 May 2016

For the exhibition at the Consulate of Colombia, the artists applied the same method to the Colombian flag, designing Amarillo+Azul+Rojo (Yellow+Blue+Red), made of 50% Yellow 116C, 25% Blue 287, and 25% Red 186C. The resulting colour is gold, which "stirred the colonists' greed, destroyed the native peoples, and ended as a support to the patriotic concepts."
Amarillo+Azul+Rojo and Bleu+Blanc+Rouge were jointly displayed inside the Consulate, highlighting the two nationalities of the artists, while Amarillo+Azul+Rojo was hoisted outside the Consulate, replacing for a while the national flag (photos).

Ivan Sache, 29 May 2016