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The Fortune Teller: Home

Artists' Books
Malini Gupta
Art Library Rare Books Collection N 7433.4 .G87 F67 2015 box 14.1

Limited variable edition of 10 copies, signed and numbered by the artist. Art Library has copy 8. "Through this work I seek to investigate the deeply entrenched gender biases that plague the Indian society. It is comprised of two parts: part one is the game of Fortune Teller; part two is my personal childhood story. The Fortune Teller--an unassuming childhood game that predicts your future based on choices you make. As the viewer interacts with this seemingly benign and innocuous game they are confronted by the cold, hard statistics of gender inequality in India. For the second part of the piece, I narrate my first hand experiences of growing up in India. As the reader takes this journey with me from my childhood to teenage years, the deeply entrenched biases come to life. I wanted to give the reader the statistics of gender bias, but also my personal story so the mundane numbers would become real. " —Artist's Statement at the Vamp & Tramp Booksellers' website, viewed on June 9, 2016.