The Fortune Teller

Jan. 11 - Feb. 10, 2018

Parisian Laundry is thrilled to present The Fortune Teller, a solo exhibition by Toronto based artist Annie MacDonell. The works assembled in the bunker space of Parisian Laundry are each in their own way, attempts to illustrate the complicated relationships between the past, the present and the future. As Annie MacDonell states “History is often considered as a straight line, in which each event, each new figure or idea begets the next in a series of convulsions that push us towards the future, however it is not so straightforward - particularly when it comes to the dissemination of ideas and forms, which multiply and disperse in uneven, unpredictable constellations rather than straight lines”. At the centre of the exhibition, the film “The Fortune Teller” shot on 16mm and digital video, tracks the repair of a cast resin hand from an arcade fortune-telling machine. The film focuses at the foreground on the object being carefully reassembled, while other sets of hands perform separate tasks around, behind, before and after it. The hand-object is a proposal for a non-linear, non-progressive relationship to time. The process of its restoration moves it backwards through history towards its point of origin, but also returns it to functionality, re-enabling its connection to the future. Backward and forward happen simultaneously and the proliferating hands become portals through which past/present/future can merge, generating the illusion of time collapsing and expanding.


Annie MacDonell received a BFA from Ryerson University (Toronto, ON), followed by graduate studies at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains (France). She has presented performances at le Centre Pompidou (Paris, FR) and the Toronto International Film Festival (Toronto, ON). Recent solo shows have been held at Mulherin (New York, NY), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, ON), the Art Gallery of Windsor (Windsor, ON) and Mercer Union Gallery (Toronto, ON). She has participated in group exhibitions at la Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris, FR), The Power Plant (Toronto, ON), MOCA (Cleveland, OH), the Daegu Photo Biennale (South Korea) and Le Grand Palais (Paris, FR). In 2012, 2015 and 2016 she was long-listed for the Sobey Art Award and in 2012 she was short-listed for the AGO AMIA prize for photography. In the spring of 2018, she’ll be exhibiting new work at Gallery 44 (Toronto, ON) as part of the Images Festival. Her work is found in the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, TD Bank, AIMIA as well numerous private collections.