Under Occupation

Carlos Martiel (Cuba)


Title: Under Occupation
Artist: Carlos Martiel (30, Cuba)
Medium: Flag, blood

Dimensions (H x W): 18′ flag pole; 27″ x 54″ flag
Hinge Park, Vancouver, BC

Carlos Martiel has developed a series of three performances during the 6-week Residency, each confronting the ongoing perpetuation of colonial violence in Canada against the Indigenous people. Using the body as a site and a source, the first two performances take on: the colour of the Canadian flag (Under Occupation), and the limitations of the Indian Act (Statute) using the silhouette of Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. The subject of the third performance, Agony, will be the effect of Canada’s Residential School System, and it will be realized when Martiel returns to Vancouver later this year.


Special thanks to the following:  

Flag Outlet Ltd., Kisos Obomsawin, Tonel, Manuel Piña, TransLink, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, Neekoo Philanthropic Society, Buschlen Mowatt Nichol Foundation, and MP Dr. Hedy Fry & Office.

Photo credit: roaming-the-planet.

Video credit: Moncif.

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