• Katherine Hasegawa

What is the meaning of the dress design?

The centre of the upper part of the dress contains bills with Simón Bolívar' face. Bolívar is one of the most important heroes in the history of Venezuela and Latin America, and that is where the official name of the Venezuelan currency ("Bolívar") comes from.

As an interesting fact, this same bill model (Bs.F 100) that was used to make the dress was taken out of circulation by the government in December 2017 to give path to two new banknotes with the Bolivar' face, one was the Bs.F 20,000 and another the Bs.F 100,000 making the phenomenon of hyperinflation in Venezuela unseen.

The rest of the dress was made with Bolivares Fuertes (Bs.F) valid between 2007-2018 and Bolivares Soberanos (Bs.S) 2018-present. Arranged in a shape of a hand fan, they together simulate the waves of a folkloric Venezuelan dress. At the same time, like the name of our web page (ideasforvenezuela.org), the dress of fan-shaped bills symbolises the range of ideas that can arise to help Venezuela.

Where has the money dress been displayed?

At the Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) during the Global Week

At the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS)

At the ARU's faculty of Business and Law

At the Ruskin Gallery in the Sustainable Art Prize (SAP)

At the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) monthly chapter study meeting in Cambridge

At the Histon & Impington Feast Festival

What are the future plans with the money dress?

I believe that the dress has the potential of both to be exhibited on a mannequin in different universities or even galleries. Perhaps, an exhibition at The Fitzwilliam Museum of a skeleton wearing a dress made out of money? Or even at the Tate Modern gallery in London. As well as, continuing being wear in special occasions to raise money and awareness.

I would love to continue visiting universities in the UK doing demonstrations and delivering speeches.  


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