Kahn and Selesnick: Eisbergfreistadt
Artists Richard Selesnick and Nicholas Kahn have been collaborating to produce multi-layered exhibitions for the past 20 years, and their most recent project Eisbergfreistadt ("iceberg free state") is currently on view at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York.
Eisbergfreistadt is an exhibition of photographs, paintings and objects that chronicle the developments of an imaginary utopian state during a period of economic and ecologic disaster. In their signature style, Kahn and Selesnick tell their story by blending together fact and fiction.
Their elaborately staged photographs are filled with dream-like stories, but the combination of these images with invented cultural artifacts (like the printed invitations to the "Eisberg Ball" in 1923), provide the show with a grounded sense of history.
The show ultimately explores the relationship between the economy and the environment in a period of hyperinflation and global warming.