Exhibition

Trade Winds, Solo Exhibition, 2019

St Peter's Church, Cambridge, UK

This exhibition was part of 'Migrant Knowledge: Early Modern and beyond', an event organised by the ERC-funded project 'Crossroads of Knowledge' (15-17 September 2019) based at CRASSH and the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

'Trade Winds' is a sculptural installation made up of many small boats crafted from paper currency, maps and travel tickets floating on top of copper coins. The flotilla of boats weaves across the sea of coins as if on a journey to elsewhere. Though the mass of currency resembled a sea, the coins' edges formed the suggestion of a continent. Questions raised were; is it an ocean or is it land? Are the boats contained or free? Is there a border or a wall? Is the money enabling or restricting? The sheer physical amount of money provoked a dramatic response from audiences. During the course of all the exhibitions people were very enthusiastic about the work, adding their coins, making stories about scenarios for the boats, asking how much money's there, where it's from and how much does it weigh? Addressing issues of trade, migration, borders, mapping, financial markets, value and the history of seafaring nations travelling the globe for trading purposes, this piece asks pertinent questions that are especially relevant to today's migrant crisis and our Brexit conundrum. The work provides a quiet space for reflection in which to enjoy the playful, tactile objects whilst also provoking questions about our relationship to money and how it shapes our fragile world. It invites us to see moneys' role beyond our everyday familiar relationship with it. 'Trade Winds' is site-specific to each locations and context, here this beautiful, small chapel added an intimate, reverential feeling to the piece and the concurrent Migrant Knowledge conference threw up new readings and questions. Photographs by Simona Pesche, Steve Hickey & Paula Beetlestone - with thanks. http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/28734

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