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THE GIFT

The Gift: the form and reason for exchange in archaic societies

2004

The project takes as a case history the story of Mr. Ian Fairweather, a remarkable artist whose post-Gauguin/proto-hippy exploits locate him beyond the conventional market economy. My interest was in Fairweather’s remarkable passage back to London from Australia in 1952. It was a voyage that exceeded all convention: in mode and, not in the least, because it was most probably made entirely without monetary exchange.

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