-    -    -  “FLAGS FOR FUTURE” at FORMAT FESTIVAL 2023


Bringing together a set of artist flags, the fourth edition of Flags for Future” sustainable art project will be unveiled between 22-24 September 2023 as part of Format Festival at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Presented by ISTANBUL’74 and co-curated by Utöpia, “Flags For Future” artist flags will be showcased between 22-24 September as part of Format Festival, a three-day multidisciplinary event that blends music, art, and technology, at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas. In addition to the installation, a selection of artist flags as well as the Flags For Future Art Book will be available to purchase at our booth as part of Bizarre Bazaar.

Supporting earthquake relief and raising awareness of plastic pollution

“Flags for Future” is a sustainable art project featuring limited-edition artist flags made from upcycled plastic waste. Taking inspiration from the unifying power of art, “Flags for Future” aims to reinterpret flags as a canvas for unity, collective thought, and artistic expression. Brought to life using upcycled plastic waste fabric, FLAGS FOR FUTURE raises awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans. In the wake of the two devastating earthquakes that hit Southeast Turkey, Syria, and surrounding regions on February 6th, the project has committed a part of the proceeds of the project towards the recovery efforts through the Biriz Solidarity Association.

Over 40 artists unite for a collective message of hope

The project includes flag designs by leading artists such as major art history figure Julio Le Parc; internationally renowned artist Monica Bonvicini; artist known for experiential and interactive works Jeppe Hein; highly acclaimed painter Alekos Fassianos; critically acclaimed multidisciplinary artist José Parlá; multidisciplinary creative Coby Kennedy; visionary artist duo Jonah Freeman & Justin Lowe; post-avant garde poet and artist Robert Montgomery; actor, activist, designer and storyteller Waris Ahluwalia; artist, filmmaker and designer Lola Montes Schnabel; multidisciplinary artist Ximena Alarcón; painter, photographer, and multidisciplinary artist Kezban Arca Batıbeki, the visionary artist and fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac; multifaceted artist Paul Sevigny; collaborative artist duo Hesselholdt and Mejlvang; award-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, and photographer Alphan Eşeli; multimedia artist Jamie Nares; graffiti icon turned artist André Saraiva; photographer and filmmaker Giasco Bertoli; contemporary artist and the founder of the Techism movement Krista Kim; architect known for his work in sustainability Martin Henn; celebrated contemporary artist Aaron Young; founder of Free The Art World Blair Chivers; designer Mathias Kiss; artist Mike Berg; interdisciplinary artist Koray Tokdemir; contemporary artist Ali Elmacı, conceptual artist Ahmet Öğüt; artist, curator, and scholar Ferhat Özgür, photographer and video artist Fabio Paleari; sculptor and artist Seçkin Pirim; painter and sculptor Kevin A. Rausch; digital collage artist Tyler Spangler; multidisciplinary artist working in speculative biology Pınar Yoldaş; textile artist and sculptor Rachel Hayes; artists known for their works of pop art and surrealism Charlotte Colbert and Philip Colbert; Brooklyn-based sculptor Nadia Yaron; artist and filmmaker Irini Karayannopoulou, multimedia artist Ignasi Monreal; writer and literary curator Josh Hickey, artist duo Ruiz Stephinson; artist Arslan Sukan, and painter Erdoğan Zümrütoğlu.

By purchasing limited-edition artist flags through our e-shop, you can support earthquake relief and raise awareness of plastic pollution. Visit the ISTANBUL’74 SHOP website to learn more and to make a difference. Join the movement and help us spread the message of hope through the “Flags for Future” project.