one million thirty six thousand seven hundred and ninety three euros
betting slips, 2015.
Bookmakers are a non-places: wherever you go it is a space with a certain appearance and visiting is inevitable through a single purpose. This stack of betting slips is thrown out, in front of a bookmaker in my neighborhood in Montenegro. Carried away by the past experience based in my artistic practice, when I was collecting my own shopping receipts, I decided to take this bale of slips with me as a valuable material for observation and reflection. I found out that these tickets are copies that bookmakers should keep for taxes justification, but they were in my possession and I was able to have an overview of their monthly betting amount of money. From that moment on, I was thinking how I can relate to it as an artist. How to treat the material of the paper? How to treat the information from the paper? How to include personal background in relation to it? What to do about this need to tell the story in a form of some kind of action? What would be the behavior that demonstrates the intention?
The story of an artist and the story of a gambler can be compared. It is about the acceptance of risk and perception of a chance. After I calculated the specific maximum winning from all the tickets (as you assume it is 1036793 euros) I decided to treat the paper as a surface, I thought about characteristics of the material, I used artistic knowledge and skills. And by doing so I illustrated my faith in the progress. It is about thinking with hands. I wanted to spend time that means devotion. To get tired through repetition. The perception of chance through risk is often connected with fatigue. From the moment you start it is already late to stop. 1036793 should reflect the tension between desire, gain and loss in the ever-unpredictable game of life. Each paper of those tickets is a story of a player where gambling is significant part of their lifestyles.
A receipt is printed on thermal paper, so I exposed each of them to a heat source that colored the paper and erased the information. In a stack they became a sculpture, a monument.