Trade Winds (At York Art Gallery)

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A sculptural installation made from paper currency and copper coins, concerned with issues of migration and borders, trade, social geography, mapping and material culture. First made at Hall Place & Gardens, Kent, October 2016 - March 2017 and then at York Art Gallery in the exhibition 'The Sea is The Limit', May – Sept 2018.
'Trade Winds' developed out of 'Sail Away' initially shown in TATE Modern's Turbine Hall (2013) as part of the Hyperlink Festival.

Made from copper coins and paper money boats, the flotilla 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 both 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, 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.

See Max Haiven the book, 'Art After Money, Money After Art' (News and Articles section of this website) that features my work, 'Sail Away'.

Date: 2018

Material: money

Provenance: London UK

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