The Carnival, 2 minutes and 30 seconds, found footage, HD, sound, 2020

The Carnival is represented as both a literal and figurative space, existing between our reality and the imaginations. This travelling sideshow is recognized for its playful dimension with its colourful performers and spectacles, yet the flip-side to this sideshow facade is its dark underbelly. At the carnival morals and reason are in question as images of carnage and destruction are paired beside images of cartoons. These electic meanings confront the attendee as both an interloper and a complicit architect. Profanity defeats piety, as in the painter Peter Bruegel’s “The Fight Between Carnival and Lent” (1559). Ultimately, the carnival is a portal that bridges the real to the unreal.

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