5 de out de 2011

istanbul art biennale 2011: newell harry

The work of australian artist Newell Harry draws on his interest in notions of currency, value and exchange
in relation to alternate economic modes. He translates this through his 'untitled gift mat' series on show at the istanbul art biennale 2011.
The body of work is a contemporary re-interpretation of gift mats which are a traditional form of tribal legal tender in vanuatu
in the south pacific, where they have a utilitarian quality and aesthetic, while still acting as a form of hard currency.
They are often exchanged or gifted at special ceremonial occasions such as birthdays, burials, christenings and weddings.

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