medium of exchange-text

Mediums of X Changes

As we delve into the primitive coins of the past they become more expressive and sacred. This is my sculptural and cosmic vision inspired by the strange and irregular formed objects recently observed as we explore the Kuiper Belt in the outer reaches of the solar system. Photographs of the small Croisettes of Katanga: mediums of exchange produced in the mining region of the Congo since the 10th century. The Africains mined the copper Malachite or red gold and smelted it in the clay of termite mounds. They were produced by secret societies and represent the badge of dignity, power and magic. They are often found in graves and disposed on the torso or in the hands of the defunct.
Many thanks to the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren for their generosity in allowing me access to their  collection.