The Refugee Nation is an in- dependent solidarity organization for refugees from around the world that was originally created to implement and support a team for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. They needed a flag: Yara Saïd, a young Syrian artist living as a refugee in Amsterdam, imagined this one. “The black and the orange are a symbol of solidarity with all the courageous souls who had to wear life vests in order to cross the sea and seek safety in a new country. I wore one. I have a personal connection with these vests that bear those two colours”, explains Yara Saïd. The flag, and an anthem: these are the first two official creations of the Refugee Nation, two symbols of union for a single cause or common values, two symbols of identity whose traces can be found in other artworks present in the exhibit. This flag, in all its simplicity and visual efficiency, has be- come a very powerful symbol and was recognized as one of the world’s best design creations in 2016.
Born in 1991 in Sweida, Syria, Yara Said lives and works in Amsterdam. Yara Said graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Damascus University, in 2014. During and after her studies she worked as an art teacher for children. The artist has participated in several workshops and exhibitions with renowned artists, such as Edward Shahda and Nizar Sabour. She likes to clarify how time affects people and the surrounding materials, either this material is a painting, a sculpture, the progress of a video art or a human being. Keeping in mind the relationship of forms within space, sometimes light, sometimes heavy, this broad concept is still the main concern in her artistic research that she tries to reflect in her work.