Paolo Monti

Galleria Arco di Rab

The work of Roman artist Paolo Monti can be divided into two distinct but closely interconnected conceptual and methodological categories. On the one hand, the artist has created a body of work about money (both its symbolic and material aspects) in which he explores the fetishism of value. Then there are his investigations into scientific epistemological processes, carried out through hypertechnological arrangements that isolate problems of perception and relationships between subject and object, identity and otherness. Some works have even incorporated elements from both approaches, as in Immagine di dollaro (Dollar image; first exhibited in 1989), in which a cutout of George Washington from a dollar bill was placed between sheets of chemically treated glass. When the resulting slide was projected, the chemical solution, activated by the heat from the projector light, slowly corroded

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