Artist gives Zim banknotes their worth again
How do you make a scorned currency easier on the eye and heart? Turn it into paintings
If anyone doesn’t need reminding that banknotes are just worthless pieces of paper, it is Zimbabweans: more than a decade ago, they watched as hyperinflation obliterated their currency and led to the printing of a 100-trillion Zimbabwean dollar note.
Zim dollars were abandoned in 2009 after inflation caused by rampant money printing under late President Robert Mugabe erased everyone’s savings and pushed millions into poverty.
Most bills ended up in the trash, but Zimbabwean visual artist Prudence Chimutuwah has found value in the unloved notes - by using them to make art...