This work depicts a legendary winning hand in the Chinese tile-based game mahjong commonly known as “Thirteen Wonders.” It is made up of the 13 least versatile and hence most discarded tiles in the game. While few players are willing to undertake the challenge of winning with this hand, Chen recognises the humour, creativity and wit of its rare combination which defies the rules, structure and logic of mahjong, and provokes an exchange of favourable odds for aesthetics.
These tiles are variously named the Winds, Dragons, Warriors, and Orphans or Lone ones. Even these names liken them to artists and visionaries who defy and transgress norms, showing exceptional resolve in taking chances to achieve a more beautiful win. This winning hand is a demonstration of solidarity and the power of banding together for the better.
Venue: Hoarding around SAM’s building on 71 Bras Basah Road
When: 23 Aug 2021 - 6 Feb 2022,