• CARRARA MARBLE BIENNALE 2011 AND  PROBLEM GAMBLING


Photo H.Bowden-Jones

LIU JIANHUA 

UNREAL SCENE 2011

I came across this incredible installation by chance when visiting the Carrara marble Biennale in 2011. The artist had filled a large room with a replica of Shanghai made entirely of gambling chips.

As the Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic in the UK, I was mesmerised by this work which seemed to portray better than any Government report the insidious nature of gambling as an addiction.  The work felt just as relevant from a sociological and cultural perspective when I visited Las Vegas for work and realised that in some parts of the world the population's income is greatly linked to gambling activity.