Christian Boltanski, Chance, Venice Biennale 2011 / by Anna Madeleine

Christian Boltanski's installation Chance takes a slight departure from most of his previous work - as well as appearing lighter than most of his darkened room installations, this work looks primarily (not entirely) at birth, rather than death. It's title states the main notion of Chance, where the moving strip of transparent film lined with baby's faces, stops on certain newborns, illuminating them over the rest. In two rooms to either side of the main installation, are counting screens, one of the number of births in the world, one of the number of deaths. And in a third room, the audience is given the opportunity to play a game to win an original present from the artist, also a participatory online work anyone can  play here.

The births

The deaths

The game