Yaw Owusu’s sculptural installations repurpose one pesewa coins. By appropriating Ghana's nearly worthless loose change as structural material, Owusu interrogates ideas surrounding state policies, economic practices, and the meaning of independence. Introduced as an attempt to cure the economy’s inflation in 2007, these coins now have almost no value, and are no longer widely accepted. Acquired through a series of negotiations with Ghana's banks, the coins navigate the bureaucracies that continue to demarcate social movement. Exhibited as a structural work standing in two and three dimensions, the devalued coin transforms into a mechanism for mapping new possible relations, for inventing a more resourceful future.
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