swallow value


1999, 00:03:09, PAL, black/white, silent, G004 12

In his installations, performances, and videos, Gratwohl generates striking images with sometimes puzzling shifts of meaning. Swallow value shows the open mouth of a girl who receives the host in the shape of a coin. The ritual ingestion thus becomes a critique of consumption and capitalism, while the linguistic humor of the title and the time loop of swallowing, unbearably extended in time, ironically illustrates the paradoxical relationship between use and exchange value.