Moneyscape II (2016)

Moneyscape II (2016) appears from the crosshairs of historical and modern-day mythologies. It is a new work from the Imaginable Landscape series, part of Syed’s ongoing investigation into the framework of capitalism, power structures, belief systems, national identity and political geography through contemporary art. In Moneyscape II, the Japanese yen and the US dollar draw parallels between new and old, fantasy and reality, prosperity and poverty, myth and legend. Symbolic fragments and ideas coexist within one imaginary landscape. The work visualises levels of cultural homogeneity and assimilation as main factors of differences between the art, architecture and belief system of Japan and the US, who were once enemies, but now have major influences upon each other’s cultural, political and economical landscape.