Hacked Euro Banknotes Depict Bleak Images of Economic Instability
Artist reimagines paper currency as landscapes of ongoing social turmoil
Greece’s economic situation is anything but rosy. Struggling to exit a recession similar in severity to the U.S. Great Depression, the nation has come to conflict with its government, trade partners, and the other countries of the European Union over economic policies and procedures.
In order to call attention to the crisis’s impact on Greece’s citizens, Greek artist Stefanos has created a collection of “hacked” Euro banknotes that insert human figures into the banknotes’ architectural landscapes. The resulting scenes portray situations of protest, theft, and even suicide—stark realities of the economy’s impact on individuals and communities.