Photographer Philippe Pétremant collages paper money from different countries around the world to make these intriguing pieces of art in his series entitled Les Sept Mercenaires (The Magnificent Seven).
Though it is technically illegal to defame or alter currency in any way, there has been a myriad of artists who have used money to express their artistic creativity. In this particular case, the Philippe Pétremant does not necessarily alter the paper currency but rather folds them and places them together. The results, which depict various political figures such as Che Guevara, is an interesting visual exploration of cultures. There are various way you could look at these images. Either you could focus on each individual part of the collage or focus on the collective whole. Whichever direction you choose to go, it evokes an interesting introspection of various cultures, political power and what it means in an individual and holistic sense.
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