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Olivier Goulet, Skinflags Skin Garments. Installation view at FACT.

SkinFlags, Skin Garments

The synthetic SkinFlags in our foyer recreate different shades of skin colour, as pastiches of national flags that the artist stigmatizes as obsolete symbols of territorial order and colonial history. In Olivier Goulet's work the idea of human mutation and moulting stimulated by technological innovation relates to continuous political changes that affect the definition of borders and national identities.

Flags as symbols of artificial constructs contrast with the natural fusion and coexistence of different coloured skins. Olivier Goulet's SkinBags and other garments, prototypes and second skin accessories that serve as holdalls for items we have around us, are on display 01 - 10 Feb 2008, at the International Gallery (34a Slater St, Liverpool).

Olivier Goulet works in different media, combining concepts of activism and design.