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rubber baby bottle teats
bank note

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Donated by Maria Moreira 2002

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Maria Moreira’s untitled work makes even more explicit the delicate balance between fragile economies in some Latin American countries; in this case Brazil, and the welfare of the population. The currency here is the Real, which replaced the Cruzeiro Real in 1994 in an effort to curb the rampant hyperinflation that plagued Brazil at the time. The instability caused by hyperinflation hits the poorer sectors of society hardest and makes it difficult for economies on the whole to develop. With inflation under control, Brazil has now started to gain acceptance from the international community, opening up opportunities for investment and development. In this light, this work by Moreira might be viewed as one of optimism, the hummingbirds on these One Real notes a symbol of sustenance produced by responsible government action.