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One Dollar from Honest Money
  • Ganzeer
    born 1982
    born: Giza, Egypt
    Booklyn, Inc., publisher
    founded 1999
    Wasp Print, printer
    founded 2011
  • One Dollar from Honest Money, 2015
  • Ganzeer's Trouble Trunk
  • Where object was made: New York, New York, United States
  • color letterpress
  • Object Height/Width: 156 x 65 mm
    Object Height/Width: 6 1/8 x 2 9/16 in
  • Museum purchase: Shirley Cundiff Haines and Jordan L. Haines Art Acquisition Fund
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0025.18
Description

The recto depicts a hand holding the severed head of a Native American man. Text at the top of the piece reads: “1 One Dollar, Federal Reserve [sic] Note of the United States of America. This note is part of an art project titled “Honest Money” by visual artist “Ganzeer”. This note is not intended as a legal tender for all debts, public or private, although its value exceeds the current value of one U.S. dollar. Series 2015. An American cowboy holds the severed head of a Native American man.” In the bottom left corner is text that is slightly obscured by stars and stripes, but it appears to read: “In ethnic cleansing we trust.”
The verso is a map of the United States printed in green ink with red ink denoting the locations of American Indian reservations. Text to the right of the map reads: “One Dollar. Not all of the country’s 550+ recognized tribes have a reservation. Some tribes have more than one reservation, some share reservations, while others have none. The collective geographical area of all reservations in the year 2014 amounts to 2.3% of total land area. (Note that there is not a single “Indian Reservation” in the state of Indiana).