“Now money, when it moves into a new tribe, very quickly creates an image of the food, craft, and work there: it gathers around them, holds to them, stays away from the places where none are to be found, and clots near the positions where much wealth occurs. Yet, like a mirror image, it is reversed just as surely as the writing of a piece of paper is reversed when you read its reflection on a boy’s belly. For both in time and space, where money is, food, work, and craft are not: where money is, food work and craft either will shortly be, or in the recent past were. But the actual place where the coin sits, fills a place where wealth may just have passed from, or may soon pass into, but where it cannot be now—by the whole purpose of money as an exchange object.”
Samuel Delany, “The Tale of Old Venn,” Tales of Nevèryon
Created for the exhibition Hiding in Plain Sight at the Embassy Cultural House. Thanks to Helen Chau Bradley for assistance with this work.