Icaro Doria: Meet the World

Angola flag

This graphic interpretation of country flags got me thinking. It’s by Brazilian Icaro Doria in a series called “Meet the World.” The first flag is Angolan, the others are shown below.

The stats aren’t exactly accurate, but still reflective of injustices in the world.

Brazil flag

Burkina flag

China flag

Colombia flag

Europe flag

Somalia flag

United States flag

Via BrazilianArtists.net (broken link removed, 2014).

13 responses

  1. Really well done. I want my kids to see this alongside their history lessons in school! Maybe they can add the info/images to their school papers and make the teachers’ heads spin…

  2. This has to be a hoax. The Somali flag, for example, on genital mutilation suggests that the vast majority of the world’s 3 billion or so women undergo some form of genital mutilation. It would be understated to say that this is far fetched.

    The 2005 UNICEF Report (”Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: A statistical exploration”) estimates “130 Million women have undergone female genital mutilation or cutting…”
    See: http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_29994.html.

    Some of the other flags are also clearly misleading. The HIV-Malaria flag of Angola has to be wrong. What a shame because it is a very cool idea.

  3. You know what – I made a mistake with the Somali flag. The *in country* stats may be correct. My apologies.

    However, the stats on Angola seem to be off. The flag indicates that the number of malaria and HIV cases are equal.

    1) Malaria in Angola – 1.2 Million
    2) HIV in Angola – 250,000
    Source for Malaria: http://www.usaid.gov/press/factsheets/2006/CP_Angola_6-06.pdf

    Source for HIV:
    http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/gap/countries/southern_africa.htm#1

    David – I still agree with you, it certainly brings needed attention.

  4. THD – It’s not meant to be completely accurate, it’s art. It’s an interpretation. If it was meant to be accurate the numbers would be right alongside whatever the ‘statistic’ is for. But it’s not. It’s a cay of showing that there is A LOT more bad than good in most of these countries (in relation to these issues).
    peace. love. happiness.
    rach

  5. What a striking interpretation. I’m impressed with the ingenuity it took to come up with this concept. The Brazilian flag is, I think, perhaps the most interesting, considering that the vast majority of people in the world survive on less than one dollar a day.

  6. Hi David,
    I came across your site today (from another graphic design blog) and while browsing it was surprised to see that one of the most popular posts (is it still so?) was related to Brazil. I have to say I had never heard of this art project, and it is really interesting and sadly accurate.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading about your work. Thanks for sharing your experience and ideas!
    Luciana (from Brazil)

  7. Hi Luciana, that’s great you’ve enjoyed reading. This post was popular when first published. Not so much now, but it’s still a great project.

    Thanks for visiting, folks.

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