Caribbean Art (Veerle Poupeye, Thames & Hudson, 1998)

"The subversive inversion of images and symbols frequently appears in the modern era as well. Although he does not define himself as Caribbean, it is an important aspect of the work of Eddie Chambers (b. 1960), a British artist and curator of Jamaican parentage. In 1994, he participated in a project for which artists were invited to design flags to be flown at Liverpool Town Hall. This was an interesting challenge for a black artist in Britain where the national flag has sometimes become uncomfortably associated with the extreme right. Chambers replaced the colours of the Union Jack with the Rastafarian red, gold and green, an intervention reminiscent of African-American artist David Hammons' African American Flag and Chambers' own anti-fascist collages of the early eighties. While the Actor Boy Jonkonnu mockingly adopted a 'white' identity, Chambers imposed a 'black' identity on a quintessentially 'white' symbol. Predictably, the flag was removed after one day, although, unwittingly adding to Chambers' intervention, this was done ceremoniously - he received his flag folded according to the protocol usually reserved for 'real' national flags."

The above text appeared on page 18 of Veerle Poupeye's Caribbean Art published by Thames & Hudson World of Art series, 1998. A full page, colour reproduction of the work in question was also included in this chapter, the Introduction.

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