Jann Cheifitz
Spare Change, 2016

The series of four posters by South African artist Jann Cheifitz are her first works on paper, and revisit the visual idiom of a wall-sized fabric piece she showed at the 1995 Johannesburg Biennale. Using borrowed imagery from the then-new South African currency, redesigned to mark the end of the apartheid regime, Cheiftitz pairs the animal motifs found on the banknotes with slogans and political rhetoric harking back to her roots as an art student and activist in the anti-apartheid struggle. The work both celebrates the struggle of South Africans to end apartheid, while ironically commenting on the continued struggle for economic equality and justice some two decades on. Jann Cheifitz, b. 1964 Cape Town, South Africa, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY where she designs her own line of clothing, “Lucky Fish.” Photographic screenprint on wallpaper, venetian plaster, foil and metallics Edition of 10 each Signed and Numbered 30 × 27 inches unframed
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