Interaction view. Photo: Anna Ablogina.
Key of 24 character strengths and the flags that represent them. There are six categories of strengths, indicated by the flag fields, or backgrounds. Photo: Anna Ablogina.
Each flag is identified with a letterpress-printed label. The name of the character strength appears above its category. Installation view, Bronx Calling, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY.
Flags are displayed on a shelf, where visitors are invited to browse and select ones that represent them. Here, open-mindedness is signified with an empty square of blue (temperance) over yellow (wisdom). Installation view, Bronx Calling, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Bronx, NY.
Character Strengths Signal Flags are a series of flags representing the twenty-four character strengths or virtues identified by positive psychologists Chris Peterson and Martin Seligman.
The public is invited to find, connect, and fly the flags representing your strengths.
As a counterpoint to the diagnostic manual of mental disorders, Peterson and Seligman developed a classification that individuals can use for recognizing and savoring their personal strengths. More info on Peterson’s and Seligman’s research can be found at viacharacter.org.
Character Strengths Signal Flags, 2015, linen, twill tape, letterpress-printed ribbon, rope, wood, flagpoles; 24 flags: 12.5 x 12 inches each; edition of three; flagpoles: 72–84 x 12 x 12 inches each; display: 73.5 x 20.5 x 27 inches. This work has been supported in part by the STUDIOWORKS/Tides Institute & Museum of Art, a private not-for-profit organization.
Exhibited in Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial, at the Bronx Museum in 2015. Thanks to Chris Peterson and Martin Seligman, the Tides Institute & Musem of Art, The Bronx Museum of the Art’s Artists in the Marketplace program, Laura Napier, Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, Will Sylvester, and Michael Yap.
Photos 1–3 by Anna Ablogina.