Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Lúa Coderch, PE

How, as if by magic, is money of the “financial, speculative” kind created? How are value and charisma generated? How does the value of money relate to gold? Or, for that matter, to tulips and colonial expansion? What makes speculative bubbles burst and economies collapse?

And why do only a privileged few seem to know the answer to such crucial questions? In her video narrative, Lúa Coderch reflects on concerns such as these. Filmed in a claustrophobic, enclosed space, her work interweaves theories, ideas and anecdotes on the “mythical and distant beast” that is capital with details from her own biography.

Societal and monetary values bounce off one another. While the camera scans the surfaces of walls, floors, photographs and objects, scrutinising their structure and materiality, the speaker drifts and ponders