Banknote Bombing: Hacked Currency Spotlights Instability
[ By Steph in Art & Drawing & Digital. ]
The grim reaper lurks, one man steps on another’ s head, crowds cling precariously to window ledges and the people begin to revolt in a series of hacked Euro bank notes by artist Stefanos. The simple images, inked onto the currency, make a statement on the current social and economic stability in the artist’ s home country of Greece.
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“ Observing the Euro banknote landscapes one notices a lack of any reality, whatsoever for the last five years the crumbling Greek economy has hatched violence and social decay – so , I decided to fuse these two things. Through hacking the banknotes I’ m using a European a document [sic], that is in cross-border circulation, including Greece – thus, the medium allows me to ‘ bomb’ public property from the comfort of my home. ”
The drawings make use of the existing imagery on the currency, including recognizable ancient Greek monuments, ornate Gothic windows, modern architecture and aqueducts. Just the slightest marking on a bill can completely change one’ s perception of the printed imagery.