Description of artwork:
As a collector of found objects, Luis Molina-Pantin behaves like an urban archeologist. He arranges, manipulates, and sequences actual objects in photographic images to create visual collections that carry a social and political dimension as well as an aesthetic one.
The ordinary artifacts Molina-Pantin assembles in serial physical collections express some of the ironies inherent in Venezuela’s history. These piggy banks, originally made as gifts to clients when they opened an account, were issued by now-failed Venezuelan banks. The corporate logos were often paired with optimistically utopian slogans such as: “Savings, sweet future” or “The family that saves is a happy family.” Originally meant to celebrate the economy and hope for the future, the piggy banks are now a reminder of bankruptcy.
(Source: Catalogue for the exhibition Portadores de sentido