The Invisible Hand, 2018
Exhibition view, Omer Fast - The Invisible Hand, Times Museum, Guangzhou, 2018
Video 2D, colour, sound
Edition 6 (+ 2 A.P.)
Originated from a Jewish medieval fairy-tale, the story itinerates into a contemporary urban fable narrated by an 8-year old Chinese girl, where the invisible hand of a ghost granted the family’s material prosperity but eventually caused an ethical and social breakdown. Her father had freed a ghost from captivity while he was a child.The ghost rewards his family with unexpected riches, but demands the son’s hand when he’s grown up and is about to get married. The family rudely refuses the ghost and is promptly punished: they become prosperous but must compromise something essential to their identities in the process. The results are both tragic and comic.
The script is inspired by the artist’s visit to the Times Museum and its neighborhood in 2017, and metaphorically registers paradoxes of prosperity and loss, truth and lies, freedom and control.
Commissioned by The Times Museum, Guangzhou.