Ninar Esber (b. 1971, lives and works in Beirut and Paris) builds monumental structures, and her performances, photographs, and videos rely on the centrality of the body, often situated within these architectural spaces. Her work is consistently imbued with a performative air by her use of real-time filming and deliberate artifice, and through its inhabitation by characters, often of the mythological type, that range from Marilyn Monroe to the archetypal female superhero and use her own body. She has had solo exhibitions at L’appartement 22 (Rabat), Centre Pompidou (Paris), and Silpakorn University (Bangkok), and has authored the book Conversations avec Adonis, mon père (Seuil, 2006).
With "Colors," Ninar Esber dilutes extant national flags. In this critique of nationalism and the idea of the nation, she mixes the colors included in each individual flag, deleting its particular icons and designs; she creates new monochromatic flags for each country and thus rebels against symbols of national identity. This idea against fixed ideas suggests a minimum of possibilities that art can offer.