'There is no God, but don’t tell that to my servant, lest he murder me at night' - Voltaire. Humankind’s drug-like addiction to gold spans thousands of years. A three-dimensional substance, which until recent technological advances, had little practical use. A visual object, valued for its surface properties, yet measured by its physical weight. Value generated purely by human imagination as a symbol of power, desire and denial. It formed the basis of the imagined order of trade that has driven human civilisation. Like a photograph, gold is a material object whose power is immaterial. It is an illusion and trick. One does not see the object before them but are reflected away and lost in mental associations and preconceptions.
Claudia Bigongiari • Amanda Gordon • Shaun Hines • Stee Louw • Zara Pears • Pannaporn Saichaemjan • Lily Simmons • Yafei Wang • Joss Williams • Bojian Xu • Qing Xu • Shuqiao Zhang •