artists & participants

press release

‘Outrageous Fortune’ is a new Hayward Touring exhibition, curated by Andrew Hunt, director of Focal Point Gallery, showcasing contemporary artists’ interpretations of the classic Tarot de Marseille deck of cards. Tarot playing cards originated in Italy in the 15th century. Used in most of Europe to play games, in the English-speaking world the tarot is generally associated with divination and fortune telling. A rich source of imagery, it includes such archetypes as The Fool, The Magician, The High Priestess, The Lovers, The Wheel of Fortune, and The Hanged Man. For this project, seventy-eight artists, whose work encompasses a variety of formal, conceptual, expressionist, literary or design-based approaches, have been asked to create a card for a contemporary tarot pack. Each artist has been drawn a card randomly, and invited to reinterpret in their own way.

Among the contributions are The Nine of Swords (signifying rewards due to one's efforts) by Mike Nelson; The Four of Pentacles (one who is attached to material wealth) by Alan Kane; The Hermit (solitude, the passage of time and a search for virtue) by Suzanne Treister; The King of Wands (leadership and masculine authority) by Dan Rees; The Two of Pentacles (different possibilities) by Adam Chodzko; The King of Chalices (imposing one’s will and interaction) by Cerith Wyn Evans; The Ten of Chalices (attaining one’s goals) by Cullinan Richards; The Four of Chalices (initial success) by Tris Vonna-Michell; The Ace of Chalices (new beginnings) by Anna Barriball; The Magician (taking advantage of others or being taken advantage of) by Melanie Gilligan; Temperance (a balance of character and psychological health) by Simon Davenport; The Knight of Swords (determination and setting boundaries) by Will Holder; The Three of Swords (formulating a strategy and self defence) by Lindsay Seers.

The exhibition will consist of the original artworks, all produced to the same near-A3 format, framed and accompanied by explanatory captions, and an example of the original Tarot de Marseille pack. A special numbered edition of 1,000 printed decks of cards will be produced, which will be given away to recipients nominated by the artists. The box will be designed by Scott King and the back of the cards by Susan Hiller, and both these artists' original work will be included in the exhibition.

Andrew Hunt, director of Focal Point Gallery and founder of Slimvolume says: ‘Slimvolume Poster Publication has been taking place annually for a decade. Rather than present a retrospective for Hayward Touring, it seemed much more fitting to look ahead. At a moment when speculation about the world economy is rife, it became clear that the related themes of “the future” and “the gift” in this edition of the project were close to perfect. As ever, the participating artists’ responses and their generosity have been extraordinary.’

Roger Malbert, Head of Hayward Touring, says: ‘The Slimvolume project has always been about promoting an exchange of ideas, and our collaboration with Focal Point Gallery to create Outrageous Fortune enables the exhibition to be presented in more venues, increasing access to the project across the UK.’

Outrageous Fortune: Artists Remake the Tarot
A new Hayward Touring/Focal Point Gallery exhibition
Kurator: Andrew Hunt

Künstler: Jonathan Allen, Aaron Angell, Ed Atkins, Anna Barriball, Zoe Beloff, Manfredi Beninati, Juliette Blightman, Erik Blinderman, Pavel Braila, Paul Buck, Edwin Burdis, Montgomery Cantsin / Kat Harvey, Rachel Cattle, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Izumi Chiaraluce, Adam Chodzko, Keith Coventry, artlab Cullinan & Richards , John Cussans, Tom Dale, Simon Davenport, Sara De Bondt, Arnaud Desjardin, Tatjana Doll, Ruth Ewan, Graham Fagen, Keith Farquhar, Michael Fullerton, Manuela Gernedel, Melanie Gilligan, Brian Griffiths, Susan Hiller, HIT (Lina Grumm / Annette Lux), Will Holder, Phillipa Horan, Kenneth Hunt, Candice Jacobs, Alan Kane, Scott King, Anja Kirschner / David Panos, Jonty Lees, Cedar Lewisohn, George Henry Longly, Fiona Mackay, Roger Malbert, Dawn Mellor, Jeremy Millar, Elinor Morgan, Fraser Muggeridge, Mike Nelson, Novel (Alun Rowlands, Matt Williams), Luigi Ontani, Anna Parkina, Katie Paterson, Joao Penalva, Perle Petit, Simon Popper, Manuel Raeder, Dan Rees, James Richards / Thom Murphy, Hannah Rickards, Hannah Sawtell, Noah Sherwood, Jamie Shovlin, Lindsay Seers, Cally Spooner, Jemima Stehli, Jack Strange, Stephen Sutcliffe, Emma Talbot, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Nadia Thondrayen, Suzanne Treister, Raisa Veikkola / Frida Alvinzi, Julie Verhoeven, Sophie von Hellermann, Tris Vonna-Michell / Konst och teknik , Stuart Whipps, Rachel Withers, Cerith Wyn Evans.

04.07.11 - 27.08.11 Hayward Gallery, London
04.07.11 - 27.08.11 Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea
10.09.11 - 09.10.11 Queen´s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
24.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jersey Arts Centre, St Helier
10.12.11 - 08.01.12 mac, Birmingham
14.01.12 - 12.02.12 Holden Gallery, Manchester
24.02.12 - 21.04.12 University of Hertfordshire Galleries, Hatfield
27.10.12 - 02.12.12 Bedales Gallery, Petersfield