JUST FOR YOU (2017)

One day, a pop-up chat window appeared while I was browsing: an online fortune teller said that he wanted to send me groundbreaking predictions about my future and asked for my email address. I normally would have suspected a digital scam and ignored these messages.

But this time, by curiosity perhaps, I replied.The next day, I checked my emails and found a 9-page pdf file sent by this mysterious fortune teller. The text featured a mix of general assumptions about my life and personality with rather cliché predictions about my future, and of course, incentives to pay to receive his “eternal protection”.

Still, I was struck by the text’s intimate tone and imaginative metaphors. The same pdf file was surely sent to thousands of people, and its manipulative trick was obvious, yet I couldn’t help but feeling moved and conceived this project as a response.



 The diptychs combine analogue photographs with screenshots of text fragments taken from the pdf file the fortune teller sent me.

I shot strangers in the street because I was unable to imagine or “put a face” on this anonymous interlocutor. Considered together, the images draw attention to the new body semiotics that has emerged with digital technologies, as hands and fingertips increasingly mediate our social experiences through screens.

This series considers both the poetry and trickery of online social experiences while also questioning our own participation - from generic exchanges to deeper interactions.