The Norwegian Ambassador’s Residence in Sofia

Mari Slaattelid’s work Pale flags. Blushing Flags invites the viewer to reflect on ideas about nationality.


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  • Pale Flags. Blushing Flags, Mari Slaattelid. Photographer: Stefan Enev
  • Pale Flags. Blushing Flags, Mari Slaattelid. Photographer: Stefan Enev
  • Pale Flags. Blushing Flags, Mari Slaattelid. Photographer: Stefan Enev
  • Pale Flags. Blushing Flags, Mari Slaattelid. Photographer: Stefan Enev
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About the project

About the project

The new residence for the Norwegian ambassador in Sofia, Bulgaria was completed in 2008. The project to provide art for the new building resulted in the purchase of Pale Flags. Blushing Flags (2002), a work by the Norwegian artist Mari Slaattelid. The work has been installed in the hallway and consists of six “flags” painted in oil on acrylic glass.

Since one of the flags resembles a detail of the Norwegian flag, the other five may be seen as paler variations of the same motif. In a house that was built to represent Norway on the international stage, Slaattelid’s work encourages the viewer to reflect on national identity and the true meaning of a flag.

The title Pale Flags. Blushing Flags associates the work with the human trait of going pale or blushing when we experience certain emotions. Perhaps we may also go pale or red in the face because of something the nation we belong to has done, or has had done to it? Because we are afraid, angry or proud? Or is it possible to imagine an entire nation being viewed with a particular emotion? Being pale or red may also be a pictorial means of expressing anonymity or extreme visibility – also within the global community.

Mari Slaattelid (born 1960) works mainly with painting, reinterpreting photographs in a continual investigation of the pictorial role of the motif. She studied at the Bergen School of Arts and Crafts, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Western Norway Art Academy and the National Academy of Fine Art in Oslo. Her works have been purchased by a number of institutions, including the Astrup Fearnley Museum and the Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2000, she won the Carnegie Art Award.

The Norwegian Embassy and ambassador’s residence in Sofia closed in 2016. This artwork was moved to the residence of the Norwegian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva.

Facts

Facts

Address

26-30 Bacho Kiro

Date completed

04.02.2010

Project manager

Elisabeth Tetens Jahn

Art consultant/Art Committee

Frederikke Schrumpf

Architect

PLM arkitekt as
N1 Arkitekter

Landscape Architect

Trifolia AS

Building owner/developer

Statsbygg

Mottakerinstans

Utenriksdepartementet

Duration

Permanent

Accessibility

Tilgjengelig etter avtale

Program

Art scheme for new government-owned buildings

Kunstverk

Kunstverk

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