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pictured with RESIST FLAG by Marilyn Minter 
Commissioned by Old Stone House & Washington Park, this public project was shown as a part of the exhibit For Which it Stands.

An Appeal to the People / An Appeal to Rise
acyrlic felt appliqué on ripstop nylon
44” x 36” each

“Barrera’s flags are inspired by the Washington Cruisers’ 1775 Continental Army flag, which read “An Appeal to Heaven” (also known as the Pine Tree Flag). Barrera’s alternative message, “An Appeal to the People ... An Appeal to Rise” draws on John Locke’s original words:

“...where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment.”

Barrera’s flags refocus the idea of a higher power that determines our unalienable rights on “our power as a self-governing body of people…and appeal to the people to rise up to protect those rights.”

- exhibition text by Katherine Gressel