Nobody knows the origin of the tarot. There are different influences from various cultures and creeds, but no one really knows its specific start in history. There are as many mallets of tarot as influences and beliefs adopted by it. The most popular is the Tarot de Marseille which has 78 cards divided by 22 Major arcana and 56 minor arcana.
When throwing the cards there is no unique way to order the cards and there are infinite possibilities: The assertive thing to do in a reading is to unite the fragmented concepts by trying to achieve unity. The tarot reading is based on the optical language of the cards and the interpretation that each “oc- cultist” makes of these optical symbols. This is why the subjectivity and the vision of the world from which it interprets the runs, is implicit and contained in their readings. The fantasies of who reads, his cultural and emotional baggage and his history becomes the reality of the reading. And this is identical with who draws and symbolizes each letter, anchoring with visual details all the possible meanings.
In his book “The way of the Tarot” Jodorowsky says “The vision that they transmit to us, our eyes change according to the level of consciousness we develop. The divine secret is not hidden, it is right in front of us, and whether we see it or not depends on the attention that we dedicate to observe the details and establish connections between them”
The body of work of Julián Prebisch (Argentina 1977) recapitulates different artistic movements: painting, architecture, textile design. Everything conforms a reference matrix that, when creating and doing, is re-appropriated and taken to a work that asks about the origin of forms and their function. For his first exhibition at Machete Galería in Mexico City, Prebisch presents a collaboration in con- junction with the project led by Micaela Suide (Argentina, 1984) Agave, specialized in textile design. For this exhibition he created XXII possible major arcana in order to set readings that appeal only to “Abundance”. Each of these works does not represent a specific arcane or attempt to mark optically a concrete meaning. In these cards, there is no literal representation, only desire to achieve through forms and materials only wealth, fertility, flowering etc.
Through the elements and materials chosen, the idea is to appeal to the unconscious reaction of the reader / spectator and that he himself organize his reading focusing on finding abundance: the one that is visible in the works, as well as his own. The abundance that inhabits us almost inherently allows us to recognize the abundance of the world.
When he introduced him to the tarot, after asking him to dictate what he saw in each of the cards, Leonora Carrington told Alejandro Jodorowsky: “what you have just dictated to me is” the secret. Each arcane being a mirror and not a truth in itself, becomes what you see in it. The tarot is a chameleon. “
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