Overview participating exhibitions
Museum De Buitenplaats
In MARS: ADRIFT ON THE HOURGLASS SEA, Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick depict a collapsed civilisation on Mars. Photographic mosaics of the Martian landscape, shot during NASA expeditions, are combined with own images of the deserts in Nevada and Utah. Two women and a child are shown in desperately impractical circumstances. The photographs are simultaneously futuristic and archaic, and portray an alien world. In doing so, the British-American duo refers to societies in crisis, where big changes are on the horizon. The DIY quality and the recycled nature of the materials used nevertheless give each photograph a familiar feel. Part of the work was made in commission for NASA.
Truppe Fledermaus is indebted to the literary tendency of the carnivalesque in which sociopolitical discourse through satire and humor is permissible. The mode is based on the medieval carnival in which those deprived of power enact the role of those with power to challenge authority and the status quo. The troupe is “preaching to the choir” by performing only for the animals, because those ultimately in power (scientists and government officials) are not listening.
The seed for THE APOLLO PROPHECIES was planted during a period at Toni Morrison’s Atelier Program at Princeton University. It resulted, years later, in a uninterrupted panoramic black and white photo half a metre high and thirty metres long. On it we see astronauts from the 1960s, who once on the moon discover an expedition from the early 20th century which was supposed to have been lost. Kahn and Selesnick made use of miniatures and real actors, who come together in a story with different episodes, composed with a narrative technique reminiscent of religious frescos.
Nicholas Kahn (United States, 1964) and Richard Selesnick (United Kingdom, 1964) have collaborated since the early nineteen eighties on photographic projects and installations, in which their interest particularly lies in fictional events set in the past and the future. Kahn & Selesnick have taken part in over a hundred solo and group exhibitions around the world. Their work has previously been shown at the Noorderlicht Photo Festival Terra Cognita (2012) and the Noorderlicht exhibition BuitenGewoon (2013).
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