Recent photography and costuming work by the duo Kahn & Selesnick chronicles the travels of Truppe Fledermaus, a cabaret troupe of “would-be mystics who catalogue their absurdist attempts to augur a future that seems increasingly in peril due to environmental pressures.” The “Book of Fate” works showcase the pair’s talents in both installation work and crafting narratives.
Kopeiken Gallery says that in this body of work, “the artists also examine the notion of the carnivalesque. During such brief times of anarchy, societal pressures were relieved by revealing their absurd and arbitrary natures. Costumes and masks were worn so that people might have the same social status during the duration of the festival. The Truppe ask you to consider: is it the carnival that is upside-down, or perhaps the real world that it purports to burlesque?”
See more work from the series below.