The photo exhibition Euro Meltdown by the American artist Stephen Sack shows twelve lost euro coins, deformed and enlarged, in photographs measuring more than one metre by one metre. These fascinating photos are on display in the area behind the Egyptian temple.
Deformed coins: the archaeology of our society
In this series of photographs, Stephen Sack displays the result of what he calls "the archaeology of our society": lost euro coins that ended up in our society’s refuse. These coins - which were flattened, scratched, or half melted in incinerators - now look like ancient currency. Sack’s photographs of them refer to the past, present, and future of our money.
Euros take on a new dimension
Sack has been photographing coins for years. This euro project is his most recent work. Through painstaking lighting techniques, combinations of overlapping images, and huge enlargements, he gives the euro coins a completely new dimension. His work reveals details and colours almost invisible to the naked eye and to traditional photographic techniques.
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Coins with a fundamental contradiction
In this time of controversy and critical questions about the European experiment with monetary union, Sack, as an American, is somewhat perplexed by the euro. He sees a fundamental contradiction in the two sides of the coin: the desire for unity and the wish to preserve national identity. One side of the coin shows a common European design, but on the other side, each country emphasizes its own identity with an image of its own choosing.
Splendour & Precision | For the exhibition Splendour & Precision (opening on 15 December 2015), Sack created sixteen manipulated photographs of ancient gems, precious stones with engraved designs. These photos grace the walls of the exhibition gallery.