“Show me the money”- John Hansard Gallery


Bill Balaskas- The Market Will Save Us 2013. Banner on the facade of the Royal College of Art in London

Show me the money demonstrates how the visual culture of finance has not merely reflected prevailing attitudes to money and banking, but has been crucial in forging the very idea of the market. Within this gallery, prints by William Hogarth from the eighteenth century are shown, also including more contemporary artists shown in media paintings, prints, photographs and videos. When looking at the image of finance 1700, a questions arises such as “what does money really stand for and how can the market and the world of finance be made more visible to us?”. The exhibition charts show how finance has been imagined in photography, arts and illustration over the last three years in the United States as well as Britain.

Works created since the 2008 financial crash is showcased within the gallery as well as many other major events and their impacts. There is a new version of Simon Roberts Credit Crunch Lexicon (2012), which is a wall-based text work that alphabetically lists words and phrases taken from political speeches, Bank of England papers, newspaper headlines and economic reports as a vehicle for political comment.


The money shot explores the way that as money and financial instruments have become increasingly abstract and dematerialized, contemporary artists have investigated the affective and thoroughly material aspects of money in all its modern disguises. The concentrate on the staging of disappearances and reappearances and the promises and implied lies of contracts. The pictures from this section of the gallery tells the unbelievable story of the art collection of the Royal Bank of Scotland, a parable for the way that the value of artworks and financial instruments can literally disappear overnight, leaving only a few traces of what formerly seemed to be so real.


Rhiannon Williams- My Loss Is My Loss. Paper patchwork hand stitched from used lottery tickets.

Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann- High frequency trading work Space 9. Willis Tower Chicago 2010

Framing Finance– This image drawn from the ‘Volatile Smile’ series by Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann, shows a trading desk in the office of a high frequency trading firm in the Willis tower in Chicago. Geissler and Sann’s image is devoid of traces of human presence. The photograph presents financial exchange as the province of dark, impenetrable and inscrutable devices, which offer no humanly intelligible sign of their operations.


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