Annabel Daou






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.