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The Offspring Resembles the Parent
Lina Selander

The Offspring Resembles the Parent relates to the observation that memory is inextricably connected with economy – in the sense of a capital that we manage
or hand down. The title is from Aristotle’s Politics, which argues that it is unnatural for money to earn interest, because, unlike animals and plants, money cannot breed: ‘Money exists not by nature but by law’.

In focus here, are images used to imbue life into dead capital, specifically emergency money printed in the 1920’s. These banknotes, used during periods of economic depression or in informally-organised en- claves such as ghettos, concentration camps or colonies, are often visually dramatic and charged with the revanchist propaganda of the inter-war period. The softly-coloured colonial bills conjure up another era, one whose fatal imperial projects helped lay the foundations for our own welfare society. The work can be seen as a contemplation on fictive economies, dormant power, blind subordination and a hyperinflation of values – human and monetary.

Keywords Montage, Essay
Prod. format
Duration 00:13:44
Year 2016
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About the artist

Lina Selander

Born 1973, lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Lina Selander works mainly with moving images in film and video, but also with photography, text and sound. Her works are often installations where these different medias and components converge and interrelate to one another. She is interested in the image’s ability and lack of ability to reproduce time, experience and memories and she explores how different narrative forms and techniques transform and change a story. Her works investigate film as medium, examining its possibilities and limitations as form of expression, and they often raise questions about history, media archeology and authenticity.

Selander’s work has been shown at Index, The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Moderna Museet and in international group shows, biennales and festivals, for example in the Manifesta 9 in Genk, Bucharest Biennale 2010, the Media Art Biennale in Seoul, Korea. She will represent Sweden in the next Venice Biennale 2015.