The Flag Series

Photographs by Pamela Ybañez
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This series investigates patriotism in the United States based on its most iconic representation, the American Flag. It began in 2005 and since that time I have captured the multitude of ways the flag is represented in the every day.  It began in the East Coast and spans to Hawaii, covering much of the country in between.

Over the last six years, I have collected numerous types of flag imagery. These images display a range of materials from t-shirts, air fresheners, fold-up chairs, plastic bags and of course, the traditional flag display outside of homes and businesses. In this time I have become enamored with the image of the flag in all its kitschy incarnations. Due to the time we live in, it is intended to add to the discussion of where American patriotism is today.

Throughout this process I've asked myself, how is patriotism changing in the United States? My hope is for people to ask themselves, in addition to national pride, what does our flag mean to us?

Upcoming Events

Lovers in Montmartre: Modigliani and Hébuterne
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 7:00 pm
Merced, Merced General Floor Area
Grafton Tyler Brown: African-American Lithographer
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:30 am
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Rms A & B

Current Exhibits

Petting Zoo: the art of Mrs. Vera
Through Friday, January 8, 2016
Main Library, Library for the Blind
"Quotation Marks"
Through Thursday, January 28, 2016
Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center
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