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WILFREDO PRIETO
(Cuba, 1978)


One Million Dollars, 2002
sculpture, small installation, one dollar banknote,
mirrors, 25 x 15 x 6.5 cm, Courtesy Galería Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona







Wilfredo Prieto presents a sculpture consisting of two mirrors and a one dollar bill placed between them generating an infinite series of reflected banknotes. The object seems to refer to the Big Illusion of capitalism, the myth of its capacity to create immeasurable wealth by the endless reproduction of money, which is being reflected in the tendency of people to understand money in nominal rather than in real terms. As an integral part of the art work the artist declares the piece to have a worth of one million dollars. One Million Dollars plays with the idea that monetary value attributed to art may be arbitrary, and that as a result the nominal price of an artwork may not reflect its real value. Yet once made, this attribution creates further consequences as it determines not only how the artwork is handled and presented, but also how it is ultimately perceived and esteemed by the audience.







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