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Camille Zakharia (Lebanese, b. 1962)
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Camille Zakharia (Lebanese, b. 1962)

The Fortune Teller

Camille Zakharia (Lebanese, b. 1962)
The Fortune Teller
signed and dated 'Camille Zakharia 2010' (on the reverse)
photocollage, photomontage and 72 flipping cards on Arches paper
59¾ x 33 7/8in. (152 x 86cm.)
Executed in 2010
Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.
A. Al Saeed, "There's no home without a garden", in L'Agenda Your Cultural Guide with a French Twist, February 2010, pp. 24-28 (illustrated in colour, on the cover).
Muharraq, Bin Matar House, Chaos into Order: A Photocollage Retrospective 1996-2010, January-February 2010 (illustrated in colour, pp. 52-53).
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Please note that the image of the work is cropped from the bottom and consequently there are 40 flipping cards missing in the catalogue illustration.

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Lot Essay

'Flip a card and May Your Wish Come True!'
(Camille Zakharia)

Fortune Teller, a stylized photocollage by the Lebanese artist Camille Zakharia, is composed of four separate negatives. The Arch depicted refers to a Mosque in Sharjah while the background image is taken from images of murals discovered by the artist in Bahrain. The photograph of the woman standing amidst the ornamented frame represents the artist's wife in the early 1990s. Finally, each of the 72 flipping cards which catch the viewer's attention at first glance contain a word of wisdom, a proverb, a famous quote or anything that is worthy of noting. For the statements, Zakharia e-mailed around 160 friends and asked them to contribute their ideas for the flipping cards. He was surprised as he received an ecstatic amount of suggestions. By flipping the cards, one can discover quotes from Aristotle to Bill Gates, Shakespeare to Omar Al Khayyam, Japanese proverbs to Buddhist teachings. They assemble honest reflections and beautiful observations that have inspired generations of different cultural backgrounds to live their lives. The present work is an amusing and joyful composition, specially created for the Chaos Into Order exhibition, a small retrospective on Zakharia's photocollage practice at Bin Matar house in Bahrain. This piece is portrayed as an interactive project that engages the viewer to flip through the 72 cards to discover his fortune.

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