Antonio Caro

Colombia

1977

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On display at Tate Modern

Medium
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions
Support: 497 x 708 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Becky Mayer 2011
Reference
P13173

Display caption

Caro has reproduced the Colombian national flag and added the name of the country – using the calligraphy of the Coca-Cola logo –to the lower red stripe. With this graphic play, he creates an emblem of the intrusion of a foreign commercial power, and more broadly, US imperialism. ‘Art is made to communicate, to connect with reality’, Caro has said. ‘The fact that Colombia and Coca-Cola share the same number of letters facilitated the task.’

Gallery label, February 2016