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  1. Someone is flying a kite
    2019
    Galerie Bernau - Bernau bei Berlin, Germany

    Size:255 x 175cm x 7mm; Materials: 250 1-US dollar bills, stainless steel structure, photo printings.

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    The work is inspired by the hyperinflation occurred in the first half of the 20th century in Germany and the Wall Street crash of 1929, comparing its consequences with the turmoil caused by the financial crisis of 2008.
    The implementation of the work is based on the construction of a kite made of US dollars, as a reference to those of German children made of marks in 1921/1922, as it was cheaper than paper for arts and crafts due to the hyperinflation.

    Although unintentionally, German children have been able to address such a sensitive issue in a very simple and joyful way, notwithstanding the critical situation Germany was going through. In the same period, the former Staatliches Bauhaus, instead, kept using colourful - thus expensive - paper to make their kites to celebrate their so called Drachenfest (kite fest).


    On the one hand, the fragility of a handmade object like the kite and the use of US currency are specific references to the past economic instability in Germany and the 1929’s Wall Street crash, as well as to the aftermath of 2008 financial crisis. On the other hand, the work was aimed at regaining the emotional dimension typical of children, in contrast to the hardships faced during difficult periods of life.
    In this regard, despite the cheerful communal aspect of the work - built together with the participants during the opening - the kite was not meant to fly. This was also pointed out by the static stainless-steel rhombus-shaped structure moulded before the exhibition and then used to support the dollar-made surface crafted with the public.

  2. Photos by Devadeep Gupta

  3. Photo by Alena Schmick

  4. Children making a kite with German marks Unknown author Germany, 1921/1922

    Children making a kite with German marks

    Unknown author

    Germany, 1921/1922

    Children flying a kite made of German marks Unknown author Germany, 1921/1922

    Children flying a kite made of German marks

    Unknown author

    Germany, 1921/1922

    Bauhaus Drachenfest Unknown author Germany, 1921

    Bauhaus Drachenfest

    Unknown author

    Germany, 1921

    The NY stock market Author Robert Jones Wall Street, NY

    The NY stock market

    Author Robert Jones

    Wall Street, NY

    Children making a kite with German marks Unknown author Germany, 1921/1922

    Children making a kite with German marks

    Unknown author

    Germany, 1921/1922

    Children flying a kite made of German marks Unknown author Germany, 1921/1922

    Children flying a kite made of German marks

    Unknown author

    Germany, 1921/1922

    Bauhaus Drachenfest Unknown author Germany, 1921

    Bauhaus Drachenfest

    Unknown author

    Germany, 1921

    The NY stock market Author Robert Jones Wall Street, NY

    The NY stock market

    Author Robert Jones

    Wall Street, NY

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      Children making a kite with German marks

      Unknown author

      Germany, 1921/1922

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      Children flying a kite made of German marks

      Unknown author

      Germany, 1921/1922

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      Bauhaus Drachenfest

      Unknown author

      Germany, 1921

    • 4

      The NY stock market

      Author Robert Jones

      Wall Street, NY