Rodrigo Azaola


Tremor (2022) is a video installation that looks at horses as vehicle for financial exploitation. Unlike banks or other financial institutions, the equine industry is not required to have anti-money-laundering compliance regulations. The value of a horse is both highly subjective and easily manipulated to wash dirty funds.

The pure breed horse trade is usually exploited as a ‘layering’ method, this means that illicit funds are invested once and again until its origin is impossible to track back.

This videowork is a sort of digital tapestry, result of filming pure-breed and race horses during several months. Since antiquity, horses have been related with aspirations such as freedom, nobility and beauty. Although the biological side of the animal is manifest, its economical side and its potential to breach jurisdictions becomes invisible.