This work of altered currency may cause a bit of controversy and I honestly had to shore up a bit of courage to create it. I suppose there is no greater act of rebellion than doing art that is challenging.
It is from a recent series exploring the connection between currency, identity, and rebellion that will be exhibited late August at the Museo del Brigantaggio in Itri, Italy as a part of the Ali Ribelli art collective first international exhibition.
The New Palestinian Shekel is my way of exploring issues of rebellion and national identity through the lens of currency. Palestine, as an emerging nation, is reclaiming its identity within the borders of modern day Israel. Likewise, Israel, since its inception has had undeniable connection to the Palestinian people. The New Palestinian Shekel is both an act of satire and thoughtful reflection on the economic, social, and political connection between the two nations. Perhaps, borders are not only drawn on maps but drawn by circulation of currency, economic, and social ties.