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.