From Pahlavi to Islamic Republic

September, 2014

 

Concurrency Series is a poetic analysis and aesthetic investigation of the intersecting symbolic imagery and cultural iconography found in banknotes that are used by governments to exercise power and construct national identity. By extracting, altering, and weaving together the cultural icons, historical narratives, and political messages found in the currency of each country, the resulting fictional banknotes appropriate hegemonic images and tools for subversive ends.

By incorporating the emblems taken from the banknotes and using images from media, the elements in the bills are brought together to create new meaning, blending narratives, socio-political tensions, and aesthetic textures of past and present.

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Edition 1:  From the Pahlavi period to the present day Islamic Republic regime

The packaged bills complement the historically commodified nature of banknotes as currency fluctuates worldwide, positing that the symbolic cultural and political message embedded in these pieces of paper sustains its own power long after regimes themselves may lose it.

Photo credit: Catherine McElhone