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Böhler & Orendt are an artistic duo based in Germany consisting of Matthias Böhler (b. Aachen, Germany, 1981) and Christian Orendt (b. Schäßburg, Romania, 1980). They have created projects all over Europe, including the Kunsthalle Schwinfurt, Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, among many others. They have held several residencies including the Wildbad Residency, Rothernburg, Germany; the Museum of Human Achievement, Austin, Texas; and the Irish Museum of Modern Art, among others. They received the Wolfram-von-Eschenbach Award for upcoming artists in 2017, and have authored several catalogues, including Böhler & Orendt -- A Reference Companion (2018) and The Carrion Cheer, a Faunistic Tragedy (2019) published by Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna.

Böhler & Orendt
21.5 x 16.75 inches
Digital print

THE REVENANTS’ LIKENESSES by Böhler & Orendt is a photographic edition based on their video installation THE CARRION CHEER, A FAUNISTIC TRAGEDY which premiered at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston from May 18 through July 7, 2018.

In THE CARRION CHEER, spirits of nine different species of extinct animals make their appearance in a “makeshift transdimensional stopover camp” of nine semi-geodesic tents. Technically evoked by nine synchronized 15-minute video loop projections onto screens of mist, the nine different subjects of the photo series are issued in nine batches of nine copies each. In the tradition of William H. Mumbler, Böhler & Orendt have produced portraits of the nine revenant light beings cast in this “faunistic tragedy”: disembodied deputies of species like the Carolina Parakeet, Steller’s Sea Cow and the Pig-footed Bandicoot have been photographically captured while croaking, speaking or singing to their human fellow creatures.