JUSTIN AVERSANO | SMOKE AND MIRRORS – PHYSICAL TAROT SCROLLS – 2/3
For SMOKE AND MIRRORS, Justin Aversano created a tarot deck consisting of portraits of people in and of his life: among others, family members such as his dad and sister, artists such as Fewocious and Kris Graves, musicians such as Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, and Web3 builders such as GMoney and the twins Winkelvoss and Cock Foster.
The 78 prints are silkscreened on papyrus, an extremely precious writing ground in ancient Egypt, which is a reference to the time when tarot was created. The number 78 derives from the number of playing cards in a tarot deck, a spiritual guide, means of self-reflection, and tool of divination. The American artist confronts the fear of death and celebrates the joy of life by portraying the heroes and healers surrounding him.
SMOKE AND MIRRORS – PHYSICAL TAROT SCROLLS – 2/3 were presented at EXPANDED.ART in Aversano’s first international solo exhibition, RAUCH UND SPIEGEL, on the occasion of Gallery Weekend Berlin 2023.