Currency
Currency

2019

DIMENSIONS: Variable (approximately 2000 sqft)

MATERIALS: Vinyl

(Installation at 1 New York Plaza, in the Financial District)

Currency uses the pattern motifs found on bank notes from the 7 nations listed in the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban- Somalia, Libya, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, and North Korea- to create an immersive vinyl installation in the commercial center of 1 New York Plaza. A seemingly innocuous graphic design for a shopping mall, the sprawling motifs initially obscure the charged political nature of their origins as they seamlessly merge with the consumerist landscape of the concourse. However the patterns are embedded with QR codes linked to articles surrounding both the history and the human impact of the Travel Ban, including stories of families unable to receive life-saving medical care and couples separated indefinitely. While such international policy is justified by policy-makers as a response to global terrorism, the patterns of the currency act as a pointed reminder of the inextricable link between the US’s economic interests with its foreign affairs, often at the expense of the vulnerable populations that these policies impact. As customers go about their day in a shopping concourse in the heart of New York’s financial district, the implication of their individual economic exchange in relation to the US’s global economic interests may or may not be illuminated- depending on the viewer’s interest to investigate the patterns closer.

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 Detail of North Korea motif

Detail of North Korea motif

 Detail of Libya motif

Detail of Libya motif

 Detail of Syria motif

Detail of Syria motif

 Detail of Yemen motif

Detail of Yemen motif

 Detail of Somalia motif

Detail of Somalia motif

 Detail 2 of Somalia motif

Detail 2 of Somalia motif

 Detail of Iran motif

Detail of Iran motif

 Detail 2 of Iran motif

Detail 2 of Iran motif

 Detail of Venezuela motif

Detail of Venezuela motif

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Brookfield12.jpg
Brookfield14_Somalia.jpg
Currency
26_Brookfield13_Venezuela.jpg
27_Brookfield0QR.jpg
 Detail of North Korea motif
 Detail of Libya motif
 Detail of Syria motif
 Detail of Yemen motif
 Detail of Somalia motif
 Detail 2 of Somalia motif
 Detail of Iran motif
 Detail 2 of Iran motif
 Detail of Venezuela motif
Brookfield11.jpg
Brookfield12.jpg
Brookfield14_Somalia.jpg
Currency

2019

DIMENSIONS: Variable (approximately 2000 sqft)

MATERIALS: Vinyl

(Installation at 1 New York Plaza, in the Financial District)

Currency uses the pattern motifs found on bank notes from the 7 nations listed in the Trump Administration’s Travel Ban- Somalia, Libya, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, and North Korea- to create an immersive vinyl installation in the commercial center of 1 New York Plaza. A seemingly innocuous graphic design for a shopping mall, the sprawling motifs initially obscure the charged political nature of their origins as they seamlessly merge with the consumerist landscape of the concourse. However the patterns are embedded with QR codes linked to articles surrounding both the history and the human impact of the Travel Ban, including stories of families unable to receive life-saving medical care and couples separated indefinitely. While such international policy is justified by policy-makers as a response to global terrorism, the patterns of the currency act as a pointed reminder of the inextricable link between the US’s economic interests with its foreign affairs, often at the expense of the vulnerable populations that these policies impact. As customers go about their day in a shopping concourse in the heart of New York’s financial district, the implication of their individual economic exchange in relation to the US’s global economic interests may or may not be illuminated- depending on the viewer’s interest to investigate the patterns closer.

Detail of North Korea motif

Detail of Libya motif

Detail of Syria motif

Detail of Yemen motif

Detail of Somalia motif

Detail 2 of Somalia motif

Detail of Iran motif

Detail 2 of Iran motif

Detail of Venezuela motif

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