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THE FORTUNE TELLER

From Pontus Pettersson's self-curating nomadic project ‘Squatting’ - as one of many outcomes came 'The Fortune Teller' (2011). Hosted by Apart Art Gallery, small objects/artifacts from an unknown origin became treasures to be found in the backyard of the gallery. Through the lens of Pontus's camera and the objects being illuminated from a homemade light table, the objects became images and narratives; they started to speak of other things than what they were—animals, faces, and other objects. The artifacts were brought back to life.

 

The Fortune Teller is a one-to-one performance where Pontus uses these images that are assembled into a deck of cards in an intimate meeting where rituals, fantasies of the author, and spectator become the ground for a performance that looks and acts like fortune-telling. In this meeting where future events as well as spiritual animals and previous lives emerge, there is a temporal and generosity of both parts. A meeting that talks of the unknown, residing in the moment.

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