Gianni Motti - Money Box

Gianni Motti - Money Box

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2013
Digital print on Fine art 100% cotton paper
50 x 70 cm / 19.6 x 27.5 inches
Edition of 300, signed and numbered by the artist

Mostly known for interventions designed to highlight the contradictions that inform contemporary society, Gianni Motti’s practice has questioned authority at every turn over the years by fully exploiting humour’s potentials as a truth-revealing weapon. This is the spirit that prompted him to replace the Indonesian delegate at the 53rd session of ONU’s Commission of Human Right in 1997, to sit in the VIP tribune of Paris’ Roland Garros with a bag over his head in 2004 at the time of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, or to walk the 27 km that compose the LHC underground tunnel of CERN in 2005 in an attempt to challenge the speed of the beams running through the accelerator. His intelligent irony, coupled with a remarkably fresh perspective of the outsider variety, has also been extended to the dynamics that characterize the art system, as the legion of ‘Gianni Motti assistants’ he spreads around the world or his first retrospective at the Migros Museum in Zurich in 2004, consisting of a long labyrinth leading from the main entrance to the back door, testify.