The Great Swindle: Works by Santiago Montoya
Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
October 2016 – March 2017
The Great Swindle: Works by Santiago Montoya was an exhibition curated by José Luis Falconi as part of AMA’s temporary exhibitions program showcasing contemporary artists of OAS member countries.
Colombian artist Santiago Montoya (b. 1974) uses paper currency as the base for his work, re-contextualizing one of our most basic and intimate relationships: the relationship with money. The Great Swindle is also a journey through the artist’s forays into the materiality of paper bills – raising questions and taking positions on our places within financial systems.
Montoya follows a multidisciplinary approach that embraces traditional painting, found objects and video documentary. He comments on a broad swathe of political issues, from conservation and dispossession to the transmission of information, aiming to uncover reality and bring to light the victory of the human spirit over adversity.