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Goldin+Senneby

Kadist Art Foundation

This exhibition, “The Decapitation of Money,” marked the latest installment of a project titled “Looking for Headless,” initiated three years ago by the Swedish artists Simon Goldin and Jakob Senneby. Actually, it comprised the epilogue, though one should not thereby assume that “Looking for Headless”—an investigation of the offshore corporation Headless Ltd and its possible cloak-and-dagger correspondence with Georges Bataille’s secret society Acéphale (from a-cephalus, or “headless”), told in part through a novel (in addition to a blog, lectures, interviews, and even rumor)—is complete. For, as the novel’s narrator, John Barlow, asks in a chapter printed in a booklet accompanying an earlier exhibition, “to close what is unopenable . . . is that not a contradiction?” What is unopenable for Barlow is the fiercely guarded world of offshore banking. Similarly hermetic, however, are certain

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