‘A Coin In Nine Hands’ Part 8

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‘A Coin In Nine Hands’ Part 8

‘A Coin In Nine Hands’ Part 8
to Fri 14 Sep 2018

Joseph Beuys, Hélène Binet, Alice Channer, Cesare Fabbri, Guido Guidi, Helen Mirra

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Notes on A Coin in Nine Hands

Marguerite Yourcenar’s novel ‘A Coin in Nine Hands’ follows the journey of a ten-lira coin as it travels between nine different people on a single day in Rome in 1933.
She wrote the novel in 1934. Re-writing it in 1958/9 she changed entire sections. In her afterword she noted: “The novel, such as it is today, is half original text and half reconstruction… the old and the new overlap to such an extent that it is almost impossible, even for the author, to tell where one begins and the other ends.”

Youcenar’s words resonated as I began to plot this exhibition – one that lasted a year and moved through nine parts, bringing together different voices through distinct visual elements as it unfolded.

Each part has been conceived individually, but with discernible threads and connections. Some were more literal, some more remote, and some followed a trail that led to an end! At some point I stopped wrangling with the precise connections and instead asked the artists and/or art works to transmit their own senses of connection.

In Part 8, which includes work by Hélène Binet, Joseph Beuys, Alice Channer, Cesare Fabbri, Guido Guidi and Helen Mirra, some of the parts reappear and come together in a new arrangement. Part 9 is a small publication we have made that brings together some of the core elements of the parts

Photo©Stephen White
Photo©Stephen White
 
 

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