Artwork 205: Aotearoatanga white flag


© Jose D. Pérezgonzález. All rights reserved.

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Title Aotearoatanga white flag
Artwork 205th artwork (painting) by Jose D. Pérezgonzález
Date 13th December 2010
Type object (flag)
Support unstretched canvas, 510gsm (15oz) premium cotton duck by The Canvas Company, WH 50x25cm (20"x10")
Format irregular
Display free-standing, as a flag1
Dynamism static
Media acrylics, Winsor & Newton's Finity Artists' Acrylic Colour
Style brush painting
Code NZ/005-024/245-100

…The Aotearoatanga white flag is the white version of the Aotearoatanga flag (especially if adopted as a national flag). The white flag is a positive "protest" version of Aotearoatanga, flown to claim overall rights, such as the right to freedom, justice, peace, equality, etc.
…The flag is based on the Aotearoatanga (national) flag. However, its background is plain white, representing a claim for basic rights. The background of the Southern Cross stars is also white, but the stars have a double outline: the outer outline is blue-violet, representing the background colour of the flag (which outline the starts), while the inner outline is red, representing the colour of the stars. This double outline helps keep as much white background colour as possible, while also helps differentiate this flag from its hollow version.
…The Aotearoatanga white flag is a flag for claiming basic rights and, thus, it is not opposed to the national flag. Both can be flown together. Unlike the national flag, though, the white flag makes more evident that it is a positive "protest" flag. It does so by changing the background colour to white (representing the right claimed for) without necessarily loosing the identification of the flag as eminently Aotearoatanga (thus, the double outline of the stars). The flag could be flown to claim for peace, transparency, freedom, etc, within or beyond the national borders, and directed towards or "in the name of" the country.
…Also, because the white flag is eminently a "protest" flag, it can also be flown together with the hollow flag, but it should not be confused with it. The hollow flag protests a wrong, while the white flag claims a right. Both are not the same, but many times when a wrong is denounced, a right to amend the wrong is typically claimed to; thus, flying both together is not necessarily counter-intuitive.
…Finally, the white flag may be used as mourning flag within those cultures where white is the colour of mourning.
Global village
Great masters
Hue -blue
Hue -violet
Tone -darks
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© Jose D. Pérezgonzález. All rights reserved.