In this ongoing project, members of the public are solicited to partake
in an intimate exchange in which they present their palms
and receive their fortunes transcribed onto paper for a small fee.
The reading/writing is entirely silent.
It is structured around two questions:
“where are you coming from?” and “where are you going to?”
The project inquires into trust, intimacy, and power.
Considered in a social and historical context,
the figure of the fortune-teller raises questions about belief and desire
as well as class and cross-cultural interaction.
In the depths of Dante’s Inferno, the fortune-tellers walk
with their heads on backwards, punished for presuming to see the future.