I looked in my wallet and all I could find was paper, plastic, metal, clay, tin, silk, leather, veneer, gold, silver, bronze, wool, salt, perspex, polyester, cotton, nickel, wood, propaganda, lost ideologies, nationalisms, localisms, globalisms, wishes, trust, rust...
London based artist Carlos Noronha Feio has been building a collection of alternative currencies for several years and presents a selection of these in all four of our cabinets. Many pieces in the collection are not in fact legal tender, yet they function as a means of payment in their mutual acceptance by exchanging parties. There are examples of how currency, widely distributed and unavoidable in everyday life, was used as a powerful form of propaganda with depictions of political power and aspirations printed on them. This can be seen in some of the Notgelds, which translated means emergency currency. Thousands of these were produced in Germany, Austria and many other countries after the widespread destruction of World War 1.
Noronha Feio’s collection is eclectic and the artist affords equal attention to modern symbols of alternative currency such as the Tesco Clubcard, as to rare pieces of ephemera such as the Zero Dollar (1974 -78) produced by Brazilian conceptual artist Cildo Meireles. The collection grows as Noronha Feio scours Ebay and other secondary markets for items of questionable value.
Carlos Noronha Feio was born in Lisbon. He is an artist, curator of The Mews Project in Whitechapel and is currently undertaking a PhD at Royal College of Art, London.
One Handy Nott - Limited Edition Silk Print
One Handy Nott, a limited edition of 47 silk prints, has been produced to coincide with the exhibition and provides the opportunity for active involvement in Noronha Feio’s project. The edition was sold at a starting price of £20 and has increased in £5 increments with each edition sold. As public interest increases, so too does the price. Collectors also have the option to return their edition, receiving a full refund for the price they paid, decreasing the overall price of the edition. By purchasing an edition the buyer contributes to ideas of supply and demand which drive the market.
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