Pigmentary print, framed
30,5 x 45,7 cm, framed 32,5 x 47,5 x 2,5 cm
Edition of 3 (+ 1 A.P.)
Hundreds of small luminous dots stand out on each of the dark cliches scattered here and there in space. Is this the photograph of a starry night? The reality is more prosaic. It is actually punched cards, on which were pinned lottery tickets.The artist recovered these worthless boards and asked street vendors -a tuk-tuk driver, a ravioli vendor- to direct the light from their stall or vehicle towards the boards so the perforations can stand out in contrast. Each perforation thus refers to a sold ticket and its ghost buyer.Together they make this economy of chance tangible, producing both wealth and hope. Together, they draw an abstract cartography of hopes, a constellation of individuals linked by the same faith in chance, an invisible community of believers that Pratchaya Phinthong reveals with urban light, a light almost divine which, here, bridges a social reality with a night sky glittering with stars, like a fantasy life sparkled by consumers of games of chance, and on which this industry is founded.