About the Project
For Gesture as Value, an international project encouraging cultural exchange as a social value, artist Jerelyn Hanrahan asked artists and organizations from ten countries–Canada, England, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States–to contribute small drawings, paintings, texts, or quotations on paper the size of an American dollar.
These “gestures” then became part of a public installation via ATM machines in Bern, Toronto, and New York. This exhibition on ATM machine screens was presented as a means of both minimizing international borders and suggesting that it is monetary values that underpin cultural exchange. A comprehensive exhibit of all entries was offered at the Galerie Francesca Pia in Bern, as well as at the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn.