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Contaminated banknote images reveal how money gets caked in bacteria


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Contaminated banknote images reveal how money gets caked in bacteria

Life 15 January 2020 By Bethan Ackerley Ken Rinaldo Photographer Ken Rinaldo HOW many lives does a banknote touch? Factor in bacteria and the answer is a mind-boggling number. The vibrant notes opposite are part of a touring exhibition by artist Ken Rinaldo that exposes the microbes on your money. In this art, the symbolic…

Contaminated banknote images reveal how money gets caked in bacteria


Life



15 January 2020

By Bethan Ackerley

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Ken Rinaldo

Photographer Ken Rinaldo

HOW many lives does a banknote touch? Factor in bacteria and the answer is a mind-boggling number. The vibrant notes opposite are part of a touring exhibition by artist Ken Rinaldo that exposes the microbes on your money. In this art, the symbolic exchange of organisms from one nation to another is realised in beautiful, blooming colour.

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To create it, Rinaldo used international banknotes, including Chinese yuan and US dollars, euros and British pounds and Colombian pesos and more US dollars. The paired notes were mounted …

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