From the researcher -
This flag performs a poetic and political tagging that comes from the irruption of an identitary symbol which is not emptied of its meanings but that has a new layer of reading inserted to it. In this sense the meanings of emblems that are meant to promote pride and unity surrounding a national identity are tapped with by the artist with the purpose of charging them symbolically with a critical and protest character, denoting that the so- called national identity is not something uniform nor diaphanous. Making the contradictions between the celebrations or exaltations of the national values as identity symbols in the current context of a country with a recent violent history, shows the possibility of questioning the status quo of the government system. This is what gives this project a particularly important political undertone.
Black flag is a device that is activated collectively and is placed in locations with high traffic, for example, locations where the 15th of September parade, celebrating Guatemala's Independence Day, has to go through. In the actions done by Galindo herself, she is not part of the parade per se, but she stays on the side with the flag flown high while the parade passes, in her feminine body apparently vulnerable or fragile in a sort of solitary action that is conflicting with the idea of celebrating patriotism. In other locations a black flag of huge dimensions has been used in the context of popular manifestations or protests by other critical agents. In all cases this intervention operates as a national symbol of mourning, because of this it's relationship with parades and manifestations is fundamental, because it requires a manifestation in the public space and it requires that ephemeral collectiveness that shares some sort of ideal to complete its sense. This artwork operates as a site specific that relates to the temporal, spatial and cultural context where it circulates, or it's activated.
In that sense, from the curating point of view, in a traditional sense of exhibiting art projects, this one could be shown as it happened at the Ex Teresa or it can take the form of a photograph and be shown as documentation.
In a more current notion of curatorship, a project like this must be understood as an intervention that goes well beyond the artistic object, that is a commentary on current society and that can occupy any place of significance even beyond the actual public space, even if it doesn’t not have the same impact. Spaces such as a newspaper, a book, a video, etc.