Niko Abramidis & NE (*1987 in Munich, DE) opens a multifaceted spectrum within his artistic practice, dealing with economic structures in regard to future utopias and appropriates forms of expression...
Niko Abramidis & NE (*1987 in Munich, DE) opens a multifaceted spectrum within his artistic practice, dealing with economic structures in regard to future utopias and appropriates forms of expression from financial economics. In 2018 Niko Abramidis & NE was awarded the ars viva Prize for Visual Arts 2019, in the course of which his works, including Big Roll 1 $, were shown in group exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Bern and at the KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation in Düsseldorf.
Cash is increasingly disappearing from our everyday lives by being replaced by digital payment methods. The former importance and benefit of cash can be understood as an anachronism in times of transparent people and online banking. Unlike cashless payment methods, banknotes experience traces of everyday life in the course of their circulation and are individual testimonials of their users. The role of money embodies our economy and is a symbol of wealth and power. Big Roll 1 $ not only serves as a static object with the side effect of metaphorically satisfying the basic human need of sitting on the money. This striking depiction of money dares the attempt to make the viewer aware of the unimaginable sums of money involved in the economic crisis and the immense sums that are still tied up in complex financial systems.
2019: ars viva, Kunstmuseum Bern, CH und KAI 10 | Arthena Foundation Düsseldorf, DE